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1  —as in:
temporal and spacial boundaries
Definition having to do with time
  • The last variable measures the temporal dimension.
  • A fanciful story about a temporal rift in the fabric of time.

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2  —as in:
temporal world
Definition concerned with the material (in contrast to the spiritual) world
  • She focuses more on the spiritual while his main concern is with temporal existence.
temporal = concerned with the material (in contrast to the spiritual) world
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • temporal possessions of the church
  • The execution will therefore only be delayed long enough for you to arrange your spiritual and temporal affairs.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.
    John Ashcroft
  • His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Merchant of Venice, (from the "Quality of Mercy" soliloquy)
  • For the things which are seen are temporal.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • temporal = concerned with the material rather than the spiritual world
  • The church had ended the temporal practice of polygamy in 1890, but it had never recanted the doctrine.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • temporal = earthly
  • Were it not, thinkest thou, for thy little one's temporal and eternal welfare that she be taken out of thy charge, and clad soberly, and disciplined strictly, and instructed in the truths of heaven and earth?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • temporal = earthly (concerned with the material rather than the spiritual world)
  • But I cannot call that situation nothing which has the charge of all that is of the first importance to mankind, individually or collectively considered, temporally and eternally, which has the guardianship of religion and morals, and consequently of the manners which result from their influence.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • temporally = concerned with the material (in contrast to the spiritual) world
  • His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
temporal = earthly (concerned with the material rather than the spiritual world)

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Less commonly:
In medicine, temporal refers to a part of the human skull near the temples (as in temporal lobe or temporal artery). A comprehensive dictionary will have other less common and more specialized definitions.
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