tran·​si·​tion·​al | \ tran(t)-ˈsish-nəl How to pronounce transitional (audio) , tran(t)-ˈsizh-, tran-ˈzish-; tran(t)-ˈsi-shə-nᵊl, tran-ˈzi-, -zhə- \

Definition of transitional

: marked by transition : involving, providing, or consisting of a passage, movement, or change from one state, condition, subject, place, etc., to another a transitional passage in music They are often transitional areas between water environments and dry land, and are populated by many trees and plants that can put up with the occasional flood …— JoAnn Shroyer The social worlds of neighborhood and village are now less important as transitional zones between home and nonhome settings.— Theano S. Terkenli … turning into a civilian coup, that … established a transitional government and prepared the way for multi-party elections.— Larry Diamond … an animal about the size of a turkey that they contend was a flightless bird, a transitional figure between some carnivorous dinosaurs and modern birds.— John Noble Wilford

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Other Words from transitional

transitionally adverb
The problem then is to structure a sequence of reforms that is politically consistent with the social mores of the Soviet Union, economically coherent, and transitionally sound … — Edgar L. Feige

Examples of transitional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since July, Schwartz has lived in transitional housing on Minnehaha Avenue on St. Paul’s East Side. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "From St. Paul, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans helps vets traditional VA services miss," 30 Nov. 2019 These are its transitional years, the time when Supreme skaters and collaborators went from being local legends to directing Beyoncé and Jay Z music videos. Vogue, "Supreme, Volume 2 Covers a Lot of Ground, From Skateboarding to Streetwear Domination," 21 Nov. 2019 The men are all residents of the Joseph House, which offers treatment and recovery for veterans, including transitional and permanent housing. Liz Dufour,, "Veterans battling addiction use art for self expression," 19 Nov. 2019 Nyong’o also rocked a mini skirt which stands as the crowning transitional piece for the season. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Lupita Nyong'o Nails This Sleek Fall Trend," 7 Nov. 2019 The attorney would apply for an immigration bond for a detainee once he or she is turned over to ICE and jailed at the transitional center. Larry Barszewski,, "County gives legal boost to families torn apart during immigration cases," 5 Nov. 2019 Mauricio Pochettino has guided them to just 12 points from ten opening Premier League fixtures in arguably the most transitional period of his tenure - ahead of Sunday's trip to Everton., "Mauricio Pochettino Admits He's 'Looking for the Formula' to Turn Spurs' Season Around," 3 Nov. 2019 And has coach Geno Auriemma already tipped his hand about this being a transitional year, one that will bear fruit in 2020-21? Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Insider podcast: Meet new women’s basketball beat reporter Alexa Philippou," 17 Oct. 2019 In November 2016, in the midst of the transitional years, Geary launched an online fundraiser with a video featuring T.J. Miller, with a modest goal. Zach Freeman,, "Big times for Lincoln Lodge, scrambling to open a new comedy theater for 20th season," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of transitional

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Transitional.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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tran·​si·​tion·​al | \ -ˈish-nəl, -ˈizh-ən-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of transitional

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by transition
2 : of, relating to, or being epithelium (as in the urinary bladder) that consists of several layers of soft cuboidal cells which become flattened when stretched (as when the bladder is distended)

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