Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being perpetual.
  • noun Time without end; eternity.
  • noun The condition of an estate that is limited so as to be inalienable either perpetually or longer than the period determined by law.
  • noun An estate so limited.
  • noun An annuity payable indefinitely.
  • idiom (in perpetuity) For an indefinite period of time; forever.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Something of which there will be no end; something lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Duration to all futurity; exemption from intermission or ceasing.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being perpetual.
  • noun Something that is perpetual.
  • noun Endless time.
  • noun The number of years in which the simple interest of any sum becomes equal to the principal.
  • noun The number of years' purchase to be given for an annuity to continue forever.
  • noun A perpetual annuity.
  • noun Duration without limitations as to time.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality or state of being perpetual; endless duration; uninterrupted existence.
  • noun countable Something that is perpetual.
  • noun countable, 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.
  • noun countable, finance An annuity in which the periodic payments begin on a fixed date and continue indefinitely.

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

  • noun 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.”

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  • 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

  • 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.”

    Long-delayed Facenda post

  • 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

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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