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[pur-muh-nuh n-see] /ˈpɜr mə nən si/
noun, plural permanencies for 2.
something that is permanent.
Origin of permanency
1545-55; < Medieval Latin permanentia. See permanent, -ency
Related forms
nonpermanency, noun
Can be confused
permanence, permanency. Unabridged
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  • To the efficacy and permanency of your union a government for the whole is indispensable.

  • There was no family, and there could be no permanency of civilization.

  • He knew very well that if Egypt is to hold in permanency any territory outside Africa, she must be mistress of the sea.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
  • He was now aware that he had based all upon a permanency of income that he had conceived to be fixed.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • He said he thought we should not find the bandit business a paying industry, as a permanency, and that journalism might be.

  • A piece of ground that belonged to them, on which they could plant their feet, permanency.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Need I say, that that doubt respects the permanency of our Union?

British Dictionary definitions for permanency


noun (pl) -cies
a person or thing that is permanent
another word for permanence
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