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permanent

[pur-muh-nuh nt] /ˈpɜr mə nənt/
adjective
1.
existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
2.
intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions:
a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
3.
long-lasting or nonfading:
permanent pleating; permanent ink.
noun
4.
Also called permanent wave. a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin permanent- (stem of permanēns), present participle of permanēre to remain. See per-, remain, -ent
Related forms
permanently, adverb
permanentness, noun
nonpermanent, adjective
nonpermanently, adverb
pseudopermanent, adjective
quasi-permanent, adjective
quasi-permanently, adverb
subpermanent, adjective
subpermanently, adverb
unpermanent, adjective
unpermanently, adverb
Synonyms
1. stable, invariable, constant.
Antonyms
1. temporary; inconstant.
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  • Afghan people laugh a lot, and many are in permanently good humor.
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  • Its objective is to temporarily support incomes in a downturn so there is no reason to permanently extend it.
  • It would be permanently flooded if the dam is built.
  • The conservancy believes feral felines should be removed permanently from the environment and taken to shelters.
  • Rising temperatures are rapidly reducing the ice that permanently caps high mountains around the world.
  • Your brain will then work harder to permanently store the original information.
  • The new law also bars foreign journalists from working permanently in the country.
  • Actually it's normally related to where you permanently reside and whether your permanent residency state has an income tax.
  • Government regulators can be said to be permanently in need of plumbers.
British Dictionary definitions for permanently

permanent

/ˈpɜːmənənt/
adjective
1.
existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period: a permanent structure
2.
not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporary: a permanent condition
Derived Forms
permanently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin permanens continuing, from permanēre to stay to the end, from per- through + manēre to remain
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Word Origin and History for permanently
adv.

late 15c., from permanent + -ly (2).

permanent

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French permanent (14c.) or directly from Latin permanentem (nominative permanens) "remaining," present participle of permanere "endure, hold out, continue, stay to the end," from per- "through" (see per) + manere "stay" (see mansion). As a noun meaning "permanent wave," by 1909. Of clothing, permanent press attested from 1964.

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