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[per-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-] /pərˈdʊər ə bəl, -ˈdyʊər-/
very durable; permanent; imperishable.
Theology. eternal; everlasting.
Origin of perdurable
1200-50; Middle English < Late Latin perdūrābilis. See per-, dure2, -able
Related forms
perdurability, perdurableness, noun
perdurably, adverb
unperdurable, adjective
unperdurably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The old world held the secret; and he would accept this solitary and perdurable column as the symbol of that secret.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • Hir cloes weren maked of ryt delye redes and subtil crafte of perdurable matere.

  • The primal object of religion is to disclose to us this perdurable basis of life, and foster our growth into communion with it.

  • The palm as an evergreen tree and the amaranth a perdurable flower are emblems of immortality.

    Consolations in Travel Humphrey Davy
  • This is the meaning in the reference to the eternal throne (“perdurable chayer”) of God.

    Astronomical Lore in Chaucer Florence M. Grimm
  • The economics of the future will be based upon these elemental and perdurable truths.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • We should have fastened the branches of life together in long elastic wires of the thin-drawn gold of perdurable sentiment.

    Hypolympia Edmund Gosse
  • She felt at once the fugitive character of its apparent existence, the perdurable Reality within which it was held.

    Practical Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
British Dictionary definitions for perdurable


(rare) extremely durable
Derived Forms
perdurability, noun
perdurably, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin perdūrābilis, from Latin per- (intensive) + dūrābilis long-lasting, from dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for perdurable

mid-13c. (implied in perdurably), from Old French pardurable "eternal, everlasting, perpetual" (12c.), from Late Latin perdurabilis, from perdurare, from per-, intensive prefix, + durare "to endure" (see endure).

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