how to pronounce temporal


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temporal is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of temporal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… 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.

temporal frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word temporal occurs in english on average 3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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