One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun The state or quality of lasting forever.‘he did not believe in the perpetuity of military rule’
stability, durability, persistence, permanency, fixity, fixedness, changelessness, immutability, endurance, dependability, constancy, continuance, continuity, immortality, indestructibility, endlessnessView synonyms
- ‘But books have some kind of sustainable perpetuity, so let's write the book.’
- ‘I don't know that it's got much to do with the endocrine system, but you seem to have mastered the ‘integrity and perpetuity of life’.’
- ‘And last time I checked, perpetuity defied some laws of physics.’
- ‘The longevity and perpetuity, if not the excellence, of democracy has ensured that no individual or ideology has been able to paint this country in monochromatic colours.’
- ‘Her sister, Elizabeth, wished to associate herself throughout perpetuity with piety, education and literature.’
- ‘In short, the second type of scrutiny, which is very essential in the criticism of traditions, relates to the constancy and perpetuity of the chain of narrators.’
2A bond or other security with no fixed maturity date.
- ‘This is also about the length of time that discount rates converge to perpetuities.’
A restriction making an interest in land inalienable perpetually or for a period beyond certain limits fixed by law.
- ‘The trust, being created by statute, cannot be held invalid on the ground of perpetuity or on any other ground.’
- ‘It is proposed that in future there should be a statutory rule on perpetuities that applies only to specified interests, which are essentially only those arising under wills and trusts.’
- ‘The study found that simply changing a state's perpetuities laws wasn't enough to attract trust assets.’
in (or for) perpetuity
Forever.‘all the Bonapartes were banished from France in perpetuity’
forever, permanently, for always, for good, for good and all, perpetually, evermore, for evermore, for ever and ever, for all time, for all future time, until the end of time, eternally, for eternity, everlastinglyView synonyms
- ‘Or will the children believe they have achieved everything there is to achieve in sport, and seek to rest on their laurels in perpetuity?’
- ‘Over the long term, these activities will ensure that the natural values of the lands are protected in perpetuity.’
- ‘Is this country consigned to be a debtor nation in perpetuity?’
- ‘It looked as though the situation was likely to continue in perpetuity unless someone did something about it.’
- ‘However, the production techniques should be environmentally sustainable, so that high yields can be obtained in perpetuity.’
- ‘This meant all 10 properties would remain as rental accommodation in perpetuity.’
- ‘In 1625, he leaves prison banished in perpetuity, his health ruined and his spirit broken.’
- ‘The three properties are maintained in perpetuity, places of pilgrimage, evocative of history.’
- ‘As the Romans learned, safety cannot be purchased from one's neighbours in perpetuity.’
- ‘Sales of permanent water mean selling your water in perpetuity; sales of temporary water transfer water on an annual basis.’
Late Middle English: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitas, from perpetuus ‘continuing throughout’ (see perpetual).
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