temporary


temporary
temporary, provisional, ad interim, acting, supply can all be applied to a person holding a post for a limited time, to the post held by that person, or to his appointment.
Temporary merely implies that the post is not held on tenure but may be terminated at the will of those having the appointive power. It is interchangeable with many of the other words but is not so explicit
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a temporary position

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temporary clerks

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a temporary appointment

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Provisional is applied chiefly to a government or to the head or leading officials of a government that is set up in a new state or after a revolution until a permanent government can be established. Ad interim definitely suggests appointment for an intervening period (as between the death or resignation of an incumbent and the appointment or election of his successor)
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an ad interim pastor

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The term is also applied to an appointment made by the president of the United States when the Senate is not in session and confirmation is not possible until after the recess
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an ad interim appointment as ambassador

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Acting is applied to the person who during a vacancy in an office or during the absence of the incumbent assumes temporarily, by appointment or by fixed procedure, the powers given the person regularly appointed or elected
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the president of the common council becomes acting mayor when the mayor is on vacation

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Supply implies the performance of duties of another or service as a locum tenens
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a supply pastor

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a supply teacher

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Antonyms: permanent

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  • temporary — tem‧po‧ra‧ry [ˈtemprəri, pri ǁ pəreri] adjective HUMAN RESOURCES 1. temporary contract/​job/​employment a contract, job etc that is only intended to continue for a short time, for example until a particular piece of work is finished 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Temporary — is a term that denotes a finite period of time, with a defined beginning and an end. It is derived from the Latin temporarius of seasonal character, lasting a short time, from tempus (gen. temporis ) time, season. It is the opposite of permanent …   Wikipedia

  • temporary — I adjective acting, ad tempus, brief, changeable, deciduous, elusive, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, interim, limited, makeshift, momentary, monohemerous, nondurable, passing, perishable, provisional, shifting …   Law dictionary

  • Temporary — Tem po*ra*ry, a. [L. temporarius, fr. tempus, temporis, time: cf. F. temporaire.] Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief. [1913 Webster] Temporary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temporary — [tem′pə rer΄ē] adj. [L temporarius < tempus, time: see TEMPER] lasting, enjoyed, used, etc. for a time only; not permanent n. an employee hired for temporary service, esp. one hired as an office worker temporarily adv. temporariness n. SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • temporary — temporary, temporarily Temporary is pronounced tem pǝ rǝ ri, as four syllables, with an additional stress on the ar in AmE. Temporarily has five syllables and until recently was pronounced in BrE with the stress on the first syllable, but the AmE …   Modern English usage

  • temporary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting for only a limited period. ► NOUN (pl. temporaries) ▪ a person employed on a temporary basis. DERIVATIVES temporarily adverb temporariness noun. ORIGIN Latin temporarius, from tempus time …   English terms dictionary

  • temporary — (adj.) 1540s, from L. temporarius of seasonal character, lasting a short time, from tempus (gen. temporis) time, season. The noun meaning person employed only for a time is recorded from 1848 …   Etymology dictionary

  • temporary — [adj] lasting only a short while acting, ad hoc, ad interim, alternate, BandAid*, brief, changeable, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, for the time being*, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, interim, limited, make do*, makeshift*, momentary, mortal …   New thesaurus

  • temporary — That which is to last for a limited time only, as distinguished from that which is perpetual, or indefinite, in its duration. Opposite of permanent. Thus, temporary alimony is granted for the support of the wife pending the action for divorce; a… …   Black's law dictionary


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