Synonyms of temporary
1 impermanentDictionary • a temporary loss of memory
impermanent • Looking at the sky reminds me how impermanent we all are.
passing • people who dismissed mobile phones as a passing fad
transitory • Most teenage romances are transitory.
brief • This time their visit is brief.
fleeting • They caught only a fleeting glimpse of the driver.
short-lived • Any hope that the speech would end the war was short-lived.
fugitive • Love is as fugitive and insubstantial as smoke, yet we all pursue it.
transient • the transient nature of high fashion
momentary • a momentary lapse of concentration
ephemeral • These paintings are a reminder that earthly pleasures are ephemeral.
evanescent (formal) • the evanescent effects of light and weather on the landscape
here today and gone tomorrow
pro tempore (Latin)
2 short-termDictionary • She was working as a temporary teacher at a Belfast school.
acting • The new acting President has a reputation for being independent.
interim • an interim report
caretaker • The administration intends to hand over power to a caretaker government.
provisional • the possibility of setting up a provisional coalition government
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actingYou use acting before the title of a job to indicate that someone is doing that job temporarily.
• The new acting President has a reputation for being independent.
briefSomething that is brief lasts for only a short time.
• This time their visit is brief.
caretakerA caretaker government or leader is in charge temporarily until a new government or leader is appointed.
• The administration intends to hand over power to a caretaker government.
Thesaurus for temporary from the Collins English Thesaurus