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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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  • It has to rise and fall and wax and wane to maintain its permanence.
  • But the job had political support and even a degree of permanence.
  • Stone-not sun-dried mud brick-gave permanence to these ancient monuments.
  • Sometimes this transience was sold to us as permanence.
  • They had taken up their residence there with a view to permanence.
  • What would happen is that effective power would shift, automatically, to those with some permanence.
  • Keep in mind that this is an annual, so plant it as you'd plant a bed of petunias or marigolds, with no thought to permanence.
  • It's cheaper and faster to do for those who own their own land, than to import a pre-fab that won't provide more permanence.
  • They question traditional concepts of solid structure, permanence and arty materials meant to resist the encroachments of nature.
  • Stone-not sun-dried mud brick-gave permanence to these monuments, the last of the world's ancient wonders.
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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