temporary

Use the adjective temporary to describe something that is not permanent. "Oh my goodness! That's a tattoo," your mother might shriek. You might tell her not to worry, since it's only temporary, and will wear off in a few days.

The adjective temporary is used to describe something that isn't permanent or lasts only a short time. Its roots are in the Latin word tempus, meaning "time or season." An employee who isn't a permanent addition to the staff is temporary and in this use, the word is often shortened to temp. The lull in the wind and rain is only temporary, because you know you are in the eye of the storm.

Definitions of temporary
  1. adjective
    not permanent; not lasting
    temporary housing”
    synonyms: impermanent
    acting
    serving temporarily especially as a substitute
    ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory
    lasting a very short time
    episodic
    limited in duration to a single episode
    evanescent
    tending to vanish like vapor
    fly-by-night
    ephemeral
    improvised, jury-rigged, makeshift
    done or made using whatever is available
    interim
    serving during an intermediate interval of time
    pro tem, pro tempore
    for the time being
    shipboard
    casual or ephemeral as if taking place on board a ship
    temporal
    not eternal
    terminable
    capable of being terminated after a designated time
    working
    adopted as a temporary basis for further work
    unstable
    lacking stability or fixity or firmness
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    Antonyms:
    lasting, permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
    unchangeable
    not changeable or subject to change
    ineradicable
    not able to be destroyed or rooted out
    abiding, enduring, imperishable
    unceasing
    aeonian, ageless, eonian, eternal, everlasting, perpetual, unceasing, unending
    continuing forever or indefinitely
    indissoluble
    used of decisions and contracts
    standing
    not created for a particular occasion
    stable
    resistant to change of position or condition
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  2. adjective
    lacking continuity or regularity
    “employed on a temporary basis”
    synonyms: irregular
    part-time, parttime
    involving less than the standard or customary time for an activity
  3. noun
    a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis
    synonyms: temp, temporary worker
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    type of:
    worker
    a person who works at a specific occupation
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