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

  transitory
      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]

From 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
  
  

From 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. 
  
  

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