Meaning of ad interim in English:

ad interim

Pronunciation /ˌad ˈɪnt(ə)rɪm/


  • For an intervening or temporary period of time.

    ‘Since 15th September 2006 Piet Van Roe is the Managing Director ad interim of the public broadcaster.’
    • ‘Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing Meets with Charge d' affaires ad interim of the Georgian Embassy in China’
    • ‘Charles O. Cecil is Chargé d' Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.’
    • ‘You need to understand what are important to all the different groups in order to be an effective associate dean, let alone dean ad interim.’
    • ‘This Commission substituted as a new start the earlier ad interim Commission on Modulated Structures, Polytypes and Quasicrystals.’
    for the time being, for the moment, for now, for the present, in the interim, for the nonce, for the meantime, in the meantime, in the meanwhile


  • Temporary.

    ‘The ad interim government ended with the inauguration of Sam Houston as president on October 22, 1836.’
    • ‘And there should be nothing unusual about the ad interim appointment of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide as ambassador to the United Nations.’
    • ‘By way of relief, they seek the cancellation of all the ad interim appointments and ‘respect for proper procedure’, as well as moral damages of one euro per staff member and costs.’
    temporary, short-term, provisional, substitute, acting, interim, pro tem, stand-in, fill-in, supply, stopgap, reserve, deputy


Latin, from ad ‘to’ and interim ‘meanwhile’, used as a noun.