Definitions of impermanent

  1.   existing or enduring for a limited time only
  2.   Not permanent.
  3.   not permanent; not lasting; " politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; " impermanent palm cottages"; " a temperary arrangement"; " temporary housing"

Usage examples for impermanent

  1. So capricious, so ephemeral, so mutable, so mercurial, so impermanent are the whims of humanity, and so unstable its idolatries and adorations. ” – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  2. It was an unfamiliar perception, impermanent – Foes by Mary Johnston
  3. But the Buddha would have said that though the world would be very much happier if all its inhabitants were moral and religious, yet the evils inherent in individual existence would still remain; it would still be impermanent and unsatisfactory. ” – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  4. This condition applies chiefly to the paper, but as this changes, the binding will also change from its present costly and impermanent character to something at once cheaper and more durable. ” – The Booklover and His Books by Harry Lyman Koopman
  5. Whatever he did he ever seemed to wander: he had an impermanent transitory air, an aspect of weary yet patient non- arrival, even when he sat, as he was capable of sitting for hours, in the court of the inn. ” – The Reverberator by Henry James
  6. Before and behind there stretches a vista of lives, past, present and to come, impermanent and unsatisfying, so that future existences are spoken of not as immortality but as repeated death. ” – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  7. Being transitory, and not what they seem, they are to be considered in the nature of illusions,- impermanent manifestations of the only permanent Reality. ” – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  8. More than ever convinced that our social order was unjust and impermanent I sent in my " story," in some doubt about its being accepted. ” – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  9. Too elevating for the materialism of the age that had gone and too elevated for the democracy of the age that followed, it was comparable to a precipitate of the chemistry of the soul projected into the heart of a life splendid and impermanent a form of existence impossible before, impossible since, a social order very valiant, very courteous, to which the sense of rectitude had not come but in which joy, unparalleled in history, really, if unequally, abounded. ” – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus
  10. Somehow during the next weeks the Ridge furniture was assembled from the various places where it had been cached since the last impermanent experiment in housekeeping. ” – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  11. Intervening mountains, with jagged cliffs and towering summits, rise like Titanic fortresses from the creaming surf which washes the yellow bastions, leaving no space for the wicker campongs, impermanent as a child's house of cards, but perpetually rebuilt in identical fashion, and never developing into substantial dwellings, or adjusted on the new lines required by varieties of environment. ” – Through the Malay Archipelago by Emily Richings
  12. The state of nature, then, is a fleeting and impermanent process. ” – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  13. The majority of intelligent men are prepared to devote their lives to the service of the British Empire: the fact that it must pass away as certainly as the Empire of Babylon and that they are labouring for what is impermanent does not disturb them and is hardly ever present to their minds. ” – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  14. The European view of life differs from the Asiatic chiefly in attributing a value to actions in themselves, and in not being disturbed by the fact that their results are impermanent – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  15. But this ardently cultivated tint is notoriously impermanent – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  16. “ I had never yet been a godfather, but I had the belief that it brought grave responsibilities, which in the very casual and impermanent circumstances I did not see how I was to meet. ” – Roman Holidays and Others by W. D. Howells
  17. He notes in his article that the line seems to be quite impermanent and fades so rapidly that an accurate measurement of its wave- length is almost impossible. ” – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various