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[pur-muh-nuh nt] /ˈpɜr mə nənt/
existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
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.
long-lasting or nonfading:
permanent pleating; permanent ink.
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.
late Middle English
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
1. stable, invariable, constant.
1. temporary; inconstant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for permanently
  • Afghan people laugh a lot, and many are in permanently good humor.
  • Or, if you prefer, you can connect it permanently to your main water source.
  • 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


existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period: a permanent structure
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

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



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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