What is the word that describes the context of time to replace e.g. "in terms of time, ..."

Like I can say,

  • It is more tiring mentally than physically;
  • It is longer physically than "in terms of time" (perhaps modelled on "it" = "an eclair")
  • It is very costly both financially and "in terms of time"

Thanks in advance.

  • The second one seems very odd. What does "longer physically" mean? Taller? How do you compare this with time "length"? And what could it mean if you did? – John Lawler Jun 28 '14 at 15:34
  • it is just an arbitrary example, but makes a good riddle I guess? – Jake Jun 28 '14 at 15:35
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    I'm glad I Googled that first. :) or I can't sleep tonight. – Jake Jun 28 '14 at 15:40
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    @JohnLawler: The canonical answer to "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" is "I haven't the slightest idea." ^_^ – Robusto Jun 28 '14 at 15:56
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    @JohnLawler Reminds me of the music-hall joke. 'Porter, I've just missed the train to London. How long will the next one be?' 'About the same length as the one you missed, mate!' – WS2 Jun 28 '14 at 22:45

Timewise is used in the sense you are seeking.

timewise (not comparable)

With respect to time.



Chronologically is perhaps a slight stretch (OED “In a chronological manner or order; in or according to order of time”), but probably less likely to be misunderstood than temporally. Or perhaps chronometrically, “[in a manner] relating to the measurement of time.”


The sentence could be rephrased to read something like: 'It is very costly and time-consuming.'

Sometimes there just isn't a word to fit a certain syntax, without resorting to esoteric terms which may intonate a sentence or phrase in an unusual or garish manner. Gallicisms and borrowed German portmanteau words can often be employed in such instances where one feels semantically zugzwanged... if one is accoutred with the verbal wherewithal to do so, that is!

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