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“… to be limited in terms of temporal scope …”

meanings of temporal


  1. Of the temples of the head.
  2. Of or relating to the material world, as opposed to spiritual.
  3. Lasting a short time only.
  4. Of or relating to time.
  5. Of limited time; transient; passing; not perpetual.
  6. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical.


  1. Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears.
  2. Anything temporal or secular; a temporality.
  3. Any of a reptile's scales on the side of the head between the parietal and supralabial scales, and behind the postocular scales.