in perpetuity


[pur-pi-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]
noun, plural perpetuities.
the state or character of being perpetual (often preceded by in ): to desire happiness in perpetuity.
endless or indefinitely long duration or existence; eternity.
something that is perpetual.
an annuity paid for life.
Law. an interest under which property is less than completely alienable for longer than the law allows.

1375–1425; late Middle English perpetuite < Latin perpetuitās. See perpetual, -ity

nonperpetuity, noun, plural nonperpetuities. Unabridged
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perpetuity (ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  eternity
2.  the state or quality of being perpetual
3.  property law a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law
4.  an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely
5.  in perpetuity for ever
[C15: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitās continuity; see perpetual]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400; see perpetual.
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Idioms & Phrases

in perpetuity

For all time, forever, as in This land was given to the state in perpetuity. [First half of 1400s]

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