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[pur-pi-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌpɜr pɪˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural perpetuities.
the state or character of being perpetual (often preceded by in):
to desire happiness in perpetuity.
endless or indefinitely long duration or existence; eternity.
something that is perpetual.
an annuity paid for life.
Law. an interest under which property is less than completely alienable for longer than the law allows.
Origin of perpetuity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English perpetuite < Latin perpetuitās. See perpetual, -ity
Related forms
nonperpetuity, noun, plural nonperpetuities. Unabridged
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  • It requires that land remain in its natural state for a stipulated period or in perpetuity.
  • Once purchased, the development rights are held by the state in perpetuity.
  • Web users have voiced concern that their personal online footprints will be kept open for all to see in perpetuity.
  • The supply is replenished in perpetuity by the munificence of nature.
  • Life did not arise all over the planet at once and each population of lifeforms stayed in those places in perpetuity.
  • He was the ultimate scholar and motivator whose work will be a source of inspiration in perpetuity.
  • He considers the links so lovely, in fact, that he wants to reside there in perpetuity.
  • Bookies thought the positions were theirs in perpetuity.
  • Not every bandbox deserves to survive in perpetuity.
  • They all deserve a fiery end, preferably in perpetuity.
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being perpetual
(property law) a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law
an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely
in perpetuity, for ever
Word Origin
C15: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitās continuity; see perpetual
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Word Origin and History for perpetuity

late 14c., from Old French perpetuité "permanence, duration" (13c., Modern French perpétuité) and directly from Latin perpetuitatem (nominative perpetuitas) "uninterrupted duration, continuity, continuous succession," from perpetuus (see perpetual).

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