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Impermanent   Listen

Not permanent; not lasting.  Synonym: temporary.  "Impermanent palm cottages" , "A temperary arrangement" , "Temporary housing"
Existing or enduring for a limited time only.

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"Impermanent" Quotes from Famous Books

... exquisitely clothed, complacent, poised, reclines near the water, idly scrawling letters in the sand with the staff of her silken parasol. The beauty of her face is audacious; her languid pose is one that you feel to be impermanent—you wait, expectant, for her to spring or glide or crawl, like a panther that has unaccountably become stock-still. She idly scrawls in the sand; and the word that she always writes is "Isabel." A man sits a few yards away. You ...
— Cabbages and Kings • O. Henry

... he settled down to the practice of his profession in the courts at Washington, where he made a good deal of money. They passed from boarding to house-keeping, in the easy Washington way, after their impermanent Congressional years, and divided their time between a comfortable little place in Nevada Circle and the old homestead in Hatboro'. He was fond of Washington, and robustly content with the world as he found it there and elsewhere. If his daughter's ...
— Annie Kilburn - A Novel • W. D. Howells

Words linked to "Impermanent" :   transitory, passing, fugacious, impermanency, shipboard, permanent, transient, temporal, pro tem, fly-by-night, episodic, pro tempore, permanency, makeshift, evanescent, unstable, working, impermanence, terminable, ephemeral, interim, jury-rigged, finite, acting, permanence, short-lived, improvised

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