transitional

adjective tran·si·tion·al \ tran(t)-ˈsish-nəl , tran(t)-ˈsizh- , tran-ˈzish- ; tran(t)-ˈsi-shə-nᵊl , tran-ˈzi- , -zhə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

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

First Known Use of transitional

1819


Medical Dictionary

transitional

adjective 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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