Pronunciation: (tem'pur-ul, tem'prul),[key] —adj. 1. of or pertaining to time.
2. pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world; worldly: temporal joys. 3. enduring for a time only; temporary; transitory (opposed to eternal).
4. Gram. a. of, pertaining to, or expressing time: a temporal adverb. b. of or pertaining to the tenses of a verb.
5. secular, lay, or civil, as opposed to ecclesiastical.
—n.Usually, temporals. 1. a temporal possession, estate, or the like; temporality.
2. something that is temporal; a temporal matter or affair.