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[pur-muh-nuh ns] /ˈpɜr mə nəns/
the condition or quality of being permanent; perpetual or continued existence.
Origin of permanence
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin permanentia. See permanent, -ence
Related forms
nonpermanence, noun
Can be confused
permanence, permanency. Unabridged
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  • The picture altogether looking as if it were eternal—combining the truth of flesh with a promise of permanence like marble.

  • He had given shape and permanence to his native language by his Dictionary.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The friendship between a man and a woman has this poignant quality—it has no assurance of permanence.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • The permanence of industry in any state must be proportioned to the certainty of its reward.

  • The permanence of the Japanese position as the chief Power of the Pacific cannot therefore be presumed.

British Dictionary definitions for permanence


the state or quality of being permanent
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Word Origin and History for permanence

early 15c., from Middle French permanence and directly from Medieval Latin permanentia (early 14c.), from Latin permanens (see permanent). Related: Permanency.

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