Definition of atemporal in English:



  • Existing or considered without relation to time.

    ‘We have entered an atemporal, instantaneous period, which shows to what point time is a construction and even a political construction.’
    • ‘But the charm of the film might be how absolutely contrived it is, from its highly stylized, atemporal look and feel to the tortuous backstory that informs its fantastical events.’
    • ‘These ideas find their visual counterparts in artists such as David Salle or Julian Schnabel, whose works explore the fragmented, chaotic and atemporal nature of existence in the present.’
    • ‘But by intercutting between them, Daldry more or less persuades us that the three women's stories are atemporal, that they exist alongside each other not in sequence but in parallel.’
    • ‘The logic of this discourse posits a de-materialised space and an atemporal time.’
    • ‘They distinguish temporal entities such as men, plants, and utterances from atemporal entities such as numbers and propositions, and these again from supratemporal beings such as God.’
    • ‘Herbert's works carry on precisely this type of conversation with the classical tradition, as if he can express his historical reality only through membership in an atemporal and aspatial community of all living and dead poets.’
    • ‘They hold that Philosophy is arguing that God is atemporal, so eliminating the problems about determinism, which arise when God's knowing future contingents is seen an event in the past, and therefore, fixed.’
    • ‘Given that ‘benediction’ stands for the short blessing at the close of a religious service, the title itself provides a hint of the music's meditative, atemporal character.’
    • ‘Any causal statement about the universe would have to be expressed atemporally, but for the theist this presents no problem provided that God is conceived atemporally and sense can be made of atemporal causation.’
    • ‘Here, because the second sentence contains no verb to orient it in time and may plausibly be attributed to either the narrator or the character, it acts as a sort of atemporal link between the voices of narrator and character.’
    • ‘With the possible exception of Parmenides, none of the ancients or medievals who accepted eternity as a real, atemporal mode of existence meant thereby to deny the reality of time or to suggest that all temporal experiences are illusory.’
    • ‘Chen's interest lay in the atemporal significance of history, in the fundamental patterns of historical change that are perceived over time.’
    • ‘In many of these compositions, the Buddha is depicted as giving the teaching in an atemporal heavenly paradise.’
    • ‘In so far as we perceive things adequately, we understand them as flowing from God's eternal nature, by a chain of explanation which is logical, and therefore atemporal, in form.’
    • ‘If one accepts first that one has atemporal or eternal supernatural beings, then one can assume further that their ideas of what constitutes evil are also atemporal or eternal.’
    • ‘God is atemporal in that for him everything is simultaneous, there being no past, present, or future.’
    • ‘However, if God is atemporal, then the question is a bit different.’
    • ‘I am in awe of the atemporal feel that her essays have, and I find her words strangely comforting.’
    • ‘Because it is atemporal and ahistorical, we cannot attribute change or transformation to it.’



/āˌtemˈpôrəl/ /eɪˌtɛmˈpɔrəl/ /āˈtemp(ə)rəl/ /eɪˈtɛmp(ə)rəl/