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