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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: temporarius, from tempus 'time'

temporary

adjective
     
tem‧po‧ra‧ry S2 W3
1 continuing for only a limited period of time [≠ permanent]:
temporary pain relief
I'm living with my parents, but it's only temporary.
You might want to consider temporary work until you decide what you want to do.
She was employed on a temporary basis.
2 intended to be used for only a limited period of time [≠ permanent]:
The bridge was erected as a temporary measure.
temporarily adverb:
Due to a small fire, the office will be closed temporarily.

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