Definition of "transitory" []

  • Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary: "the disorder of his life: the succession of cities, of transitory loves” ( Carson McCullers). (adjective)
  • Of short duration; transient or ephemeral (adjective)

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Use "transitory" in a sentence
  • "Last month, Census workers counted people in "transitory places," from RV parks and marinas to circuses and campgrounds."
  • "The count of people in "transitory places" is underway in RV parks, campgrounds and marinas."
  • "Don't panic under short-term transitory developments."