Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being perpetual: "The perpetuity of the Church was an article of faith” ( Morris L. West).
  • n. Time without end; eternity.
  • n. Law The condition of an estate that is limited so as to be inalienable either perpetually or longer than the period determined by law.
  • n. Law An estate so limited.
  • n. An annuity payable indefinitely.
  • idiom in perpetuity For an indefinite period of time; forever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being perpetual; endless duration; uninterrupted existence.
  • n. Something that is perpetual.
  • n. A limitation intended to be unalterable and of indefinite duration; a disposition of property which attempts to make it inalienable beyond certain limits fixed or conceived as being fixed by the general law.
  • n. An annuity in which the periodic payments begin on a fixed date and continue indefinitely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being perpetual.
  • n. Something that is perpetual.
  • n. Endless time.
  • n.
  • n. The number of years in which the simple interest of any sum becomes equal to the principal.
  • n. The number of years' purchase to be given for an annuity to continue forever.
  • n. A perpetual annuity.
  • n.
  • n. Duration without limitations as to time.
  • n. The quality or condition of an estate by which it becomes inalienable, either perpetually or for a very long period; also, the estate itself so modified or perpetuated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being perpetual; endless duration; continued uninterrupted existence, or duration through the ages or for an indefinite period of time: as,the perpetuity of laws and institutions.
  • n. Something of which there will be no end; something lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.
  • n. In law: A limitation intended to be unalterable and of indefinite duration; a disposition of property which attempts to make it inalienable beyond certain limits fixed or conceived as being fixed by the general law. Pollock.
  • n. Duration to all futurity; exemption from intermission or ceasing.
  • n. In the doctrine of annuities, the number of years in which the simple interest of any principal sum will amount to the same as the principal itself; or the number of years' purchase to be given for an annuity which is to continue forever; also, the annuity itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)

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Examples

  • The Democrat will also argue that keeping U.S. troops there in perpetuity is (a) way too expensive, given our economic troubles, (b) too taxing for our forces and (c) a diversion from the real war in Afghanistan, where perhaps another division of U.S. troops will be needed.

    McCain’s Iraq Reset - Swampland - TIME.com

  • They must be living in a state of perpetual — short term perpetuity — nightmare.

    Crown-of-thorns

  • Under international maritime law, a naval vessel remains the property of its sovereign government in perpetuity, meaning that Paris could at the very least stake a strong claim to ownership of La Vierge, which was owned by a state monopoly, and everything she was carrying.

    A £200m treasure hunt. Has Odyssey Marine found ‘La Vierge’? : Coin Collecting News

  • The neocons’ idea that the U.S. can patrol Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Syria in perpetuity is insane.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: May 24, 2006

  • Facenda signed a contract granting NFL Films “the unequivocal rights to use the audio and visual film sequences recorded of me, or any part of them ... in perpetuity and by whatever media or manner NFL Films ... sees fit, provided, however, such use does not constitute an endorsement of any product or service.”

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • To this end, it would be important to either manage such forests in perpetuity or use the wood from them for biochar, BECS (see below) or landfill.

    Wonk Room » Rep. Doris Matsui: The Importance of Planting Trees

  • The school however will be named after him in perpetuity, so that the thousands of people who daily pass by the handsome building on Toronto's swanky Bloor Street will be reminded of Munk's generosity and commitment to global understanding.

    Linda McQuaig: The Trouble With Billionaires

  • We immediately bought the next section, allowing the former owner to continue pasturing his cows there in perpetuity rent-free.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Yes, we will one day achieve +GDP growth, as mil. gov employment or contracted to employed pushes above 50% from 48% where it is now, ‘preserved or created’ in perpetuity by Congress until well before Obama is out of office, the MAJORITY of Americans will receive a welfare tax dole check, while we get the gulag, child and grandchild paupery!

    Matthew Yglesias » GDP Decline From Peak

  • The only monopolies that can exist in perpetuity are those created and/or protected by the force of government.

    Tax Cuts for the Rich, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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  • We don’t really solve problems, we just manage them expensively into perpetuity and create a bunch of new ones along the way.

    December 22, 2010