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Definition of transitory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

transitory

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈtrænsətri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrænsətɔːri//
 
(formal)
 
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continuing for only a short time synonym fleeting, temporary the transitory nature of his happiness These feelings of resentment tend to be transitory. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French transitoire, from Christian Latin transitorius, from transit- ‘gone across’, from transire ‘go across’.
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