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tem·po·ral 1  (tmpr-l, tmprl)
1. Of, relating to, or limited by time: a temporal dimension; temporal and spatial boundaries.
2. Of or relating to the material world; worldly: the temporal possessions of the Church.
3. Lasting only for a time; not eternal; passing: our temporal existence.
4. Secular or lay; civil: lords temporal and spiritual.
5. Grammar Expressing time: a temporal adverb.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin temporlis, from tempus, tempor-, time.]

tempo·ral·ly adv.

tem·po·ral 2  (tmpr-l, tmprl)
Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.

[Late Latin temporlis, from Latin tempora, pl. of tempus, temple.]

1. of or relating to time
2. of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairs the lords spiritual and temporal
3. lasting for a relatively short time
4. (Linguistics / Grammar) Grammar of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in general a temporal adverb
[from Latin temporālis, from tempus time]
temporally  adv
temporalness  n

(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Anatomy of, relating to, or near the temple or temples
[from Late Latin temporālis belonging to the temples; see temple2]

temporal  (tmpr-l)
Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.

temporal  /tmprl, tmprl/  adj. related to matters on earth as opposed to religious ones: The clergy concerns itself less with temporal matters than spiritual ones. temporal

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