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transient

adjective uk   /ˈtræn.zi.ənt/  us   /ənt/ formal
lasting for only a short time; temporary: A glass of whisky has only a transient warming effect. The city has a large transient population (= many people who are living in it only temporarily).

transient

noun [C] uk   /ˈtræn.zi.ənt/  us   /ənt/ mainly US formal
someone who lives only temporarily in a place: It's an organization set up to provide money and help for transients.
transience
noun [U] uk   us   /-əns/ formal
the transience of human existence/fame
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