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TEM'PORAL, a. L. temporalis, from tempus, time.

1. Pertaining to this life or this world or the body only secular as temporal concerns temporal affairs. In this sense, it is opposed to spiritual. Let not temporal affairs or employments divert the mind from spiritual concerns, which are far more important.

In this sense also it is opposed to ecclesiastical as temporal power, that is, secular, or political power temporal courts, those which take cognizance of suits. Temporal jurisdiction is that which regards and political affairs.

2. Measured or limited by time, or by this life or this state of things having limited existence opposed to eternal.

The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4

3. In grammar, relating to a tense as a temporal augment.
4. Pertaining to the temple or temples of the head as the temporal bone a temporal artery or vein temporal muscle.

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