I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe something that is somewhere between ephemeral, transient or temporary and persistent, permanent or continual in length of time. That is, I want to give the impression that something can last for a while (not fleeting), but that can change at any time and can or will have an ending. Thus even persistent sounds too permanent for what I'm looking for.
Some ideas I've come across so far that seem too long / too permanent: preserved, protracted, prolonged, lasting, long-lived (maybe medium-lived?), durable. And some that I think are potential candidates: retained, sustained, maintained, stable, durational. My current favorite is durational, which seems to give the right feel. On the other hand, it feels awkward to me when I use it in a sentence. I'd love to hear other suggestions or recommendations. Also, please let me know if you agree or disagree with my interpretation of the choices mentioned here or in the comments.
I'm looking to contrast a temporary selection (like a user doing a mouseover or hover to see a tooltip) with a durational selection that implies the user has chosen some things to look at for a time, but may modify that selection at any time as they desire.
So which of these sound like something that will last a while, but you're free to modify or delete or undo whenever you like:
- a retained selection
- a sustained selection
- a maintained selection
- a stable selection
- a durational selection
- an impermanent selection
- a semi-permanent selection
- an epochal selection (ok that does sound long!)