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English adjective: temporal

1. temporal not eternal

SamplesTemporal matters of but fleeting moment.

Similarimpermanent, temporary

Antonymslasting, permanent

2. temporal of or relating to or limited by time

SamplesTemporal processing.
Temporal dimensions.
Temporal and spacial boundaries.
Music is a temporal art.

3. temporal of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)

SamplesTemporal bone.

4. temporal characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

SamplesWorldly goods and advancement.
Temporal possessions of the church.

Synonymssecular, worldly

Similareconomic, material, materialistic, mercenary, mundane, terrestrial, worldly-minded

See alsoearthly, profane, secular, sophisticated


5. temporal of this earth or world

SamplesTemporal joys.
Our temporal existence.



English noun: temporal

1. temporal (communication) the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

Synonymstemporal role

Broader (hypernym)participant role, semantic role

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