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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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British Dictionary definitions for quasi permanent

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 quasi permanent

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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