semi·​per·​ma·​nent | \ ˌse-mē-ˈpər-mə-nənt How to pronounce semipermanent (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ˈpərm-nənt \

Definition of semipermanent

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

Examples of semipermanent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the presence of people who call the Jordan River their semipermanent home definitely has an impact, Rupp said. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2021 But most of the tents, as well as some semipermanent structures, remained in the northern section. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 For Southeast Asia in particular, the loss of tourist income is already becoming semipermanent. Mike Bird, WSJ, 25 June 2021 What was once an isolated, stable society cloaked in semipermanent darkness has been thrust to the forefront of Arctic change by rapid warming and the interests that warming precipitates. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 18 May 2021 The 1948 Oscars, the 21st ceremony, marked a semipermanent pivot to announcing Best Picture as the last award of the night. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 Apr. 2021 Permanent fillers, like silicone, and semipermanent ones (which can last up to five years) are no longer as commonly used. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, 5 Nov. 2020 But Fern's home on the range is a van, and her itinerant life — as captured in Chloé Zhao's spare, extraordinary new drama Nomadland — is less a choice than a semipermanent condition of a nation whose safety net has evaporated. Leah Greenblatt,, 11 Sep. 2020 These semipermanent colors have a rich pigment level that will upgrade your shade. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of semipermanent

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Semipermanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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