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Wordnet 3.0


1. lasting a very short time;
- Example: "the ephemeral joys of childhood"
- Example: "a passing fancy"
- Example: "youth's transient beauty"
- Example: "love is transitory but it is eternal"
- Example: "fugacious blossoms"
[syn: ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Transitory \Tran"si*to*ry\, a. [L. transitorius: cf. F. transitoire. See Transient.] Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent. [1913 Webster] Comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster] It was not the transitory light of a comet, which shines and glows for a wile, and then . . . vanishes into nothing. --South. [1913 Webster] Transitory action (Law), an action which may be brought in any county, as actions for debt, and the like; -- opposed to local action. --Blackstone. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Syn: transient; short-lived; brief. See Transient. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

transitory adj 1: lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms" [syn: ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

97 Moby Thesaurus words for "transitory": able to adapt, adaptable, adjustable, alterable, alterative, brief, brittle, capricious, changeable, checkered, circumforaneous, corruptible, deciduous, discursive, divagatory, drifting, dying, ephemeral, errant, evanescent, ever-changing, fading, fickle, fleeting, flexible, flitting, floating, fluid, fly-by-night, flying, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, gadding, gypsy-like, gypsyish, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, insubstantial, kaleidoscopic, landloping, malleable, many-sided, meandering, metamorphic, migrational, migratory, mobile, modifiable, momentary, mortal, movable, mutable, nomad, nomadic, nondurable, nonpermanent, nonuniform, passing, perishable, permutable, plastic, protean, proteiform, rambling, ranging, resilient, roaming, roving, rubbery, shifting, short-lived, short-term, straggling, straying, strolling, supple, temporal, temporary, traipsing, transient, transitive, transmigratory, transubstantiate, undurable, unenduring, unstable, vagabond, vagrant, variable, volatile, wandering
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TRANSITORY. That which lasts but a short time, as transitory facts that which may be laid in different places, as a transitory action.