1. [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;
Comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory
life, are in trouble. --Bk. of Com.
It was not the transitory light of a comet, which
shines and glows for a wile, and then . . . vanishes
into nothing. --South.
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.
Syn: transient; short-lived; brief. See Transient.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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.