semi·per·ma·nent | \ˌse-mē-ˈpər-mə-nənt, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ˈpərm-nənt\

Definition of semipermanent 

: lasting or intended to last for a long time but not permanent

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Faux freckles have become quite the trend over the last couple of years, thanks in part to Pinterest ideas that include everything from using glitter to getting semipermanent face tattoos. Marci Robin, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Freckles Are Inspiring People to Tattoo Their Faces," 5 June 2018 More sinister, and less public, are the lobbyists and semipermanent political staffers who connect candidates to donors for their mutual benefit, if no one else’s. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die," 20 Feb. 2018 In Madagascar, the large island off the southeast coast of Africa, the situation is less grim, but droughts that used to come in cycles are now semipermanent. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can famine be checked as Africa faces its worst crisis since the 1980s?," 30 July 2017 Semipermanent storage facilities in nearby Futaba and Okuma will eventually cover 16 square kilometers (6.2 square miles), and the radioactive waste will be stored for up to 30 years while a permanent site is found. National Geographic, "Eerie Photos of Fukushima's Ghost Towns," 10 Mar. 2016

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semipermanent was in 1881

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