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  • a  not permanent; not lasting
    politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber
    impermanent palm cottages
  • s  existing or enduring for a limited time only

  • He can work in the realm of pure fantasy without worrying much about his client's idea of how a building ought to look, because he is using (perhaps happily) impermanent .
  • The consequences are wry, wistful, impermanent.
  • Before the phonographic era, improvisation was as impermanent as a cloud of smoke.
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  • Best film adaptations of young-adult novels
    Youth is impermanent, but somehow young-adult novels transcend the test of time. After all, how many conversations have you had with friends about which “Harry Potter” house suits you best?
    June 14, 2013 - Independent Florida Alligator
  • Jackson has earned right to fight for job with Seahawks
    Yes, the NFL is a business, occasionally ruthless, and certainly impermanent. Tarvaris Jackson could tell you all about that.
    June 13, 2013 - Tacoma News Tribune

  • Sonia Sotomayor in
    Legal Realism: In a 1996 Suffolk University Law Review article, Sotomayor wrote: "Yet law must be more or less impermanent, experimental and therefore not nicely calculable. Much of the uncertainty of law is not an unfortunate accident: it is of...
  • Cleve Jones in Newsweek (blog)
    The strategy then was to fight for bits and pieces, city by city, state by state. But those victories were incomplete and impermanent,said Jones.
  • Lawrence Summers in MarketWatch
    If we are to assure adequate economic security for all of our citizens, we need to recognize that in a world where jobs are going to be increasingly impermanent, economic security cannot come only from the employment relationship,said former...

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