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Definition of the noun impermanence

What does impermanence mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: impermanences

  1. the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations

Alternative definition of the noun impermanence


  1. Want of permanence or continued duration.
  2. The quality or state of being impermanent.


  1. "Impermanence" is the twelfth album by Meredith Monk, released on March 18, 2008 through ECM New Series.
  2. "Impermanence" is a musical album of Kirk Lucas, Mike Khoury, Mike Gilmore.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Impermanence" is a musical album of Agoria.
    • released on (4 years ago)


"Impermanence" is a film, directed by Lee Seong-Gu.


  1. Impermanence is one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, or in a constant state of flux. The mutability of life, that time passes on no matter what happens, is an important aspect of impermanence. The Pali word anicca literally means "inconstant", and arises from a synthesis of two separate words, 'Nicca' and the "privative particle" 'a'. Where the word 'Nicca' refers to the concept of continuity and permanence, 'Anicca' refers to its exact opposite; the absence of permanence and continuity.
    • also known as 无常
  2. Impermanence is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Impermanence

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Google previewApplied Spirituality: Seeing Through the Illusion of Our Separateness (2015)

Vol. I The Intermediate Level by Robert Colacurcio

Impermanence is the key to understanding the absolute true nature of any and all phenomena.

If the self is thought to have a substantially fixed and essentially permanent identity, then impermanence is a threat that must be countered at all ...

Google previewLight On Enlightenment (2011)

by Christopher Titmuss

Impermanence is a feature of moment-to-moment life. When we neglect these...

One of the significant factors about sustained awareness of change and impermanence is the impact that it has on our perceptions. Realising the emptiness of ...

Google previewWhat Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger (2009)

Turning Bad Breaks Into Blessings by Maxine Schnall

Impermanence is a fact of human existence. Nothing in the physical world lasts forever, and any of us can die at any time. Regardless of what life expectancy tables may say, no one is guaranteed any length of years. If we can grasp the ...

Google previewBeyond Mindfulness in Plain English (2009)

An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana

Impermanence is the slipperiest idea you have ever encountered and the most basic. It goes against everything you think you know about existence. The mind resists it both subtly and grossly. It slides into the mind easily and then slides right ...

Google previewWisdom Wide and Deep (2011)

A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana by Shaila Catherine

Impermanence refers to a radical change ...

Google previewAnswers from the Heart (2009)

Practical Responses to Life's Burning Questions: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition by Thich Nhat Hanh

Impermanence is a reality. Wisdom helps us stand firm. We won't collapse, because we know that nothing is lost. When conditions are sufficient, those who we may have thought were lost to us will come out again, as marvelous as before .

Google previewBuddhism in Ten (2011)

Easy Lessons for Spiritual Growth by C. Alexander Simpkins, Ph.D., Annellen M. Simpkins, Ph.D.

Impermanence is the other side of existence. Change is in the very nature ...

Google previewThe Empowerment Mindset (2014)

Success Through Self-Knowledge by Calvin Helin

As author and poet Myrtle Reed noted, “ Impermanence is the very essence of joy—the drop of bitterness that enables one to ...

Google previewPali-English Dictionary (1993)

by Thomas William Rhys Davids, William Stede

evanescence, inconstancy, impermanence. — The emphatic assertion of impermanence (continuous change of condition) is a prominent axiom of the Dhamma, & the realization of the evanescent character of all things montal or material is ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2010)

Volume 14: Folklife by Glenn Hinson, William Ferris

Environmental and economic factors reinforced architectural impermanence in the early English colonies of the South; consequently, unlike in New England, relatively few examples of common houses that predate the 18th century still survive.

Google previewThe Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (2013)

by Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Impermanence” refers to the fact that compounded objects (SAM ̇SKR ̇TA) created by causes (HETU) and conditions (PRATYAYA) are inevitably subject to change, decline, and finally destruction. Because conditioned objects are subject ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer


Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Tibet (2012)

by John Powers, David Templeman

Central to the system of gcod are visualizations in which one imagines one's body being cut up and devoured by demons, which graphically illustrate its impermanence and lead to an attitude of detachment from physical things. There are four ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics: Mundas-Phrygians (1917)

by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie

This philosophy is a translation, in terms of metaphysics, of the ideas of impermanence and insubstantiality which, from the point of view of agnosticism, were to remain the topics of moral and emotional meditation. We may state here again that ...

Google previewThe Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (1983)

by Gordon S. Wakefield

Unhierarchical structures, impermanence and a holding back from complete community of goods, which had all been features of 'secular' communal groups of the late 1960s and subsequently, percolated through to the new Christian groups ...

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Quotes about Impermanence

This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path. (Jeff Bridges)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3E1R1M3A1N1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 12-letter word is 20 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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