perpetual

[per-pech-oo-uhl]
adjective
1.
continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
2.
lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
3.
continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
4.
blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.
noun
5.
a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
6.
a perennial plant.

Origin:
1300–50; late Middle English perpetuall < Latin perpetuālis permanent, equivalent to perpetu(us) uninterrupted (per- per- + pet-, base of petere to seek, reach for + -uus deverbal adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English perpetuel < Middle French < Latin as above

perpetuality, perpetualness, noun
perpetually, adverb
nonperpetual, adjective
nonperpetually, adverb
quasi-perpetual, adjective
quasi-perpetually, adverb


1. permanent, enduring. See eternal. 3. continuous, incessant, constant, unending, uninterrupted.


1. temporary. 3. discontinuous.
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perpetual (pəˈpɛtjʊəl)
 
adj
1.  (usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
2.  (usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeated: your perpetual complaints
3.  horticulture blooming throughout the growing season or year
 
n
4.  (of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
5.  a plant that blooms throughout the growing season
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin perpetuālis universal, from perpes continuous, from per- (thoroughly) + petere to go towards]
 
per'petually
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

perpetual
mid-14c., from O.Fr. perpetuel (12c.), from L. perpetualis "universal," in M.L. "permanent," from perpetuus "continuous, universal," from perpetis, gen. of Old L. perpes "lasting," probably from per- "through" + root of petere "to seek, go to, aim at" (see petition). Perpetual
motion is attested from 1590s.
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Example sentences
My kitchen is gloomy, grungy, and perpetually falling apart.
Perpetually plugged-in youngsters are more likely to suffer poor psychological
  health.
His hair, prematurely flecked with gray, hung perpetually over his forehead
  until he whisked it away.
He's perpetually mopping his head and his neck with his towel.
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