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
Recent Examples on the Web An expanding industry built on informal and impermanent housing is a reflection of the precariousness that increasingly defines daily life for millions of Americans. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Fluxus artists sought to upend what art could be — making works that were impermanent, unfinished, participatory and event based. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 Street vendors are among some of America’s most vulnerable businesspeople, due to their impermanent locations, changing weather conditions, often low annual wages, and multitude of safety risks. Karen Ho, Quartz, 17 Jan. 2021 Unfettered by cubicles or classrooms and armed with laptop computers, some Americans are living, working, studying, and playing in impermanent locations. National Geographic, 3 Sep. 2020 One calls for a 12,000-seat, impermanent soccer stadium, in addition to a $120-million renovation of the city’s 54-year-old arena. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2020 The Anduril system offers a low-impact, impermanent, greener alternative that appeals to landowners along the border. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 2 July 2020 But while tape is great for marking leftovers and other impermanent passers-through, labels are in it for the long haul. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 23 Apr. 2020 To him, the Internet is an impermanent place, which could vanish at any moment, and Cwtard needs the material on his servers, in his physical possession. David Rutland, Ars Technica, 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of impermanent

1653, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jun 2021

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“Impermanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impermanent

formal : not lasting forever : not permanent

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