Transient vs Impermanent - What's the difference?

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Transient is a related term of impermanent.

As adjectives the difference between transient and impermanent

is that transient is passing or disappearing with time; transitory while impermanent is not permanent; momentary.

As a noun transient

is something which is transient.




(en adjective)
  • Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.
  • a transient pleasure
  • * Milton
  • this transient world
  • Remaining for only a brief time.
  • a transient view of a landscape
  • (physics) Decaying with time, especially exponentially.
  • (mathematics, stochastic processes, of a state) having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.
  • Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.
  • Passing through; passing from one person to another.
  • (philosophy) Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.
  • Synonyms

    * (passing) passing, transitory, temporary * (brief) brief, ephemeral, fleeting, flighty, fugacious


    * (passing) permanent * (brief) permanent * (mathematics) recurrent * (philosophy) immanent

    Derived terms

    * transience * transiently * transientness


    (en noun)
  • Something which is transient.
  • (physics) A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.
  • (acoustics) A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.
  • A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker
  • * 1996 , , Oyster , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 3
  • Then, within the space of a few months, there were more transients than there were locals, and the imbalance seemed morally wrong.
  • An unhoused person
  • Synonyms

    * (4) traveller: itinerant, migrant, traveller * (5) homeless: homeless


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  • Not permanent; momentary.
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