adjective Etymology: Middle English transitorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin transitorius, from Latin, of or allowing passage, from transire Date: 14th century 1. tending to pass away ; not persistent 2. of brief duration ; temporary <
the transitory nature of earthly joy
Synonyms: see transienttransitorily adverbtransitoriness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • transitory — I adjective brief, cursory, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, fugacious, impermanent, momentary, not permanent, passing away, provisional, short lived, temporal, temporary, transient, unenduring, unstable, volatile associated concepts:… …   Law dictionary

  • transitory — tran‧si‧to‧ry [ˈtrænztri ǁ tɔːri] adjective formal continuing or existing for only a short period of time: • The current weakness in gold is transitory and will eventually produce greater profits. • The last decade saw powerful but transitory… …   Financial and business terms

  • Transitory — Tran si*to*ry, a. [L. transitorius: cf. F. transitoire. See {Transient}.] Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent. [1913 Webster] Comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble. Bk. of Com.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitory — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. transitoire (12c.), from L.L. transitorius passing, transient, from L., allowing passage through, from transitus, pp. of transire go or cross over (see TRANSIENT (Cf. transient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • transitory — *transient, passing, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent, short lived Antonyms: everlasting: perpetual …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • transitory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not permanent; short lived. DERIVATIVES transitorily adverb transitoriness noun. ORIGIN Latin transitorius, from transire go across …   English terms dictionary

  • transitory — [tran′sə tôr΄ē, tran′zətôr΄ē] adj. [ME transitorie < MFr transitoire < LL(Ec) transitorius < L, adapted for passing through < transitus: see TRANSIT] of a passing nature; not enduring or permanent; temporary, fleeting, or ephemeral;… …   English World dictionary

  • transitory — transient, transitory Both words mean ‘brief, fleeting’, with transient conveying rather more strongly the notion of people or things ‘passing through’ while transitory denotes temporary situations that are more static: • The highly transient… …   Modern English usage

  • transitory — [[t]træ̱nzɪtəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that something is transitory, you mean that it lasts only for a short time. Most teenage romances are transitory. ...a sad reminder of the transitory nature of political success. Syn: transient …   English dictionary

  • transitory — See transitory, transient …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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