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1. Passing away quickly; evanescent.
2. Botany Withering or dropping off early.

[From Latin fugāx, fugāc-, from fugere, to flee.]

fu·ga′cious·ly adv.
fu·gac′i·ty (-găs′ĭ-tē) n.
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1. passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
2. (Botany) botany lasting for only a short time: fugacious petals.
[C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive]
fuˈgaciously adv
fuˈgaciousness n
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(fyuˈgeɪ ʃəs)

1. fleeting; transitory.
2. Bot. falling or fading early.
[1625–35; < Latin fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee; see -acious]
fu•gac•i•ty (fyuˈgæs ɪ ti) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fugacious - lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"
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And if every week a woman does it, no matter how fugacious, fragile or fleeting it may be, this fact indeed is used as a clear and indisputable proof of the path to be followed, that of the values to be assimilated, the judgments to be carried out, the sentences to be delivered.
The sounds became more strident and, once in a while, she placed her fingertips in the object she was staring at in a fast and fugacious way.
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