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transitory (adj) purely temporary.

When something is purely temporary it is transitory. A personís determination is transitory if they remain determined only for a short period. The transitory nature of human possessions is the temporary nature of what people own. Nothing lasts forever.

  • Ellen was quite happy on hearing the news. He did not, however, know then that his happiness was transitory. He was soon going to receive the sad news of his sonís death.
  • Most feelings that human beings experience tend to be transitory. They are likely to last for only a short time. Very rarely do we come across people who are angry for quite a long time.
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