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Definition of "temporal" []

  • Of, relating to, or limited by time: a temporal dimension; temporal and spatial boundaries. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the material world; worldly: the temporal possessions of the Church. (adjective)
  • Lasting only for a time; not eternal; passing: our temporal existence. (adjective)
  • Secular or lay; civil: lords temporal and spiritual. (adjective)
  • Grammar Expressing time: a temporal adverb. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to time (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairs (adjective)
  • Lasting for a relatively short time (adjective)
  • Of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in general (adjective)

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Use "temporal" in a sentence
  • "˜temporal part™ (see section 2), and it raises a methodological issue: should ˜temporal part™ be defined in such a way that presentists can believe in temporal parts, or not?"
  • "And the other benefit that we have, Alina, is that this is what I call a temporal event."
  • "In what we call our temporal life God gets only a formal recognition, while Mammon is the referee."