AskDefine | Define interim

Dictionary Definition

interim adj : serving during an intermediate interval of time; "an interim agreement" n : the time between one event, process, or period and another [syn: lag]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. transitional
    Iraq's government is interim.
  2. temporary
    You are interim manager until he returns from hospital.




  1. A transitional or temporary period between other events.
    His car is in the shop, but they gave him a rental to drive in the interim.


Extensive Definition

An interim is a temporary pause in a line of succession or event. It is frequently used as an appositive noun, in which case it serves as an adjective meaning "in between," "transitional," or "temporary."
Many things can be designated interim. In projects, an interim report is often compiled to analyze how the project is proceeding, before its final completion. Interim analysis is important in medical trials, to ensure that the patients are not exposed to unnecessary danger during the trial.
An interim official is a person who filling an official role temporarily. This can be in between two other people, or when the normal person is temporarily unable to do it and somebody else must fill in temporarily or without following the ordinary protocol. For example, a school can have an interim principal, or a country can have an interim prime minister. The interim person may also be called an acting principal or acting prime minister, as they do not have the official position, but serve in the same manner. A specific usage of this term is the interim leader in Canadian politics.
Interim management is used by businesses in trouble, which need extra management resources to control the crisis or change the direction of the company. An interim manager is a person who provides temporary managerial support usually at executive level to an organization and the achievement of its business objectives.
A ceasefire is sometimes called an interim, as it interrupts the progress of a war. This usage is particularly used with agreements during the wars of religion in 15th-century Germany, in which three interims were called to convene synods: The term "Interim Agreement" is used to describe the either the first or second Oslo Accords of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
An interim government is frequently organized following a revolution or sudden death, when there has not been time to nominate, designate, or elect a government formally. Such a government may also be called a provisional government. Examples include:
An interim constitution is a constitution which has not been completely ratified but serves as the law until a final constitution can be drafted. These may also be called provisional constitutions. Examples include:
interim in German: Interim
interim in French: Intérim
interim in Simple English: Interim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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