im·​per·​ma·​nent | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpərm-nənt How to pronounce impermanent (audio) , -ˈpər-mə-\

Definition of impermanent

: not permanent : transient

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Other Words from impermanent

impermanently adverb

Examples of impermanent in a Sentence

built an impermanent structure to serve for the archaeologists' living quarters during the dig a summer romance that was an impermanent fancy, quickly forgotten

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The end of Infinity War is absolutely impermanent and cheap. Constance Grady, Vox, "How the ending of Avengers: Infinity War finds power in cheap spectacle," 4 May 2018 These impermanent relationships back home had provoked everything from minor annoyance to full-blown angst. Daisy Alioto, The Cut, "The Underrated Beauty of the ‘Micro-Romance’," 9 Apr. 2018 Obama, stung by his failure to produce a deal at Copenhagen in 2009 and aware of Clinton’s climate loss, would later choose not to seek a binding deal on Paris and instead took the easy but impermanent way out via executive action. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Real options for a fake climate treaty," 1 June 2017 An impermanent permanent collection, the scheme is unprecedented. Christopher Knight,, "The new LACMA: Plans call for radical change to how we see the permanent collection," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of impermanent

1653, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impermanent

formal : not lasting forever : not permanent

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a period when something is suspended

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