Definition of permanence in US English:

permanence

noun

  • The state or quality of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely.

    ‘the clarity and permanence of the dyes’
    • ‘Such permanence makes local journalists more aware of the power of print.’
    • ‘This gave her strength and a feeling of permanence, continuity and contentment with her home.’
    • ‘An entryway of brick steps adds warmth and character and helps to project a sense of quality and permanence.’
    • ‘Yet vast reserves of potential support awaited any regime that could achieve that stability, and that permanence.’
    • ‘The long term permanence of the change is perhaps more interesting.’
    • ‘A great path not only offers access, it helps form the garden's structural backbone and creates a feeling of permanence.’
    • ‘The exceptional audio and video quality and the permanence of the medium are things we really like.’
    • ‘This is a place where traditions run deep, and where the long shadow of Ben Nevis seems to add a sense of permanence to the town.’
    • ‘In the psyche of the second and third generation Tibetans, there is no real sense of permanence.’
    • ‘For all the apparent permanence, within a protracted, geological time-scale, sandstone is in fact quite quick to change.’
    • ‘Their greatness can perhaps be best measured in terms of their permanence.’
    • ‘Other Italians admired the quality of permanence which printing gave to literature in general.’
    • ‘Stone steps, stairways, benches and gate posts can all add a feeling of permanence to a garden.’
    • ‘The singing and laughing is louder than ever, as if the volume of our voices has a way of creating permanence.’
    • ‘Security, stability and permanence would be best achieved through adoption.’
    • ‘It's fun to work on something that has some permanence, something that could outlast me.’
    • ‘The feelings of solidity and permanence are illusory, for nothing is truly solid and permanent in this life.’
    • ‘There was a sense of permanence in my mind, and as the morning spread out I was aware of the opportunity for making a new start.’
    • ‘Such a sense of permanence, of an unbroken link to the past, is one of the lures of islands.’
    • ‘All of this is characterized by redundant aspects of stability, permanence and continuity.’
    stability, durability, persistence, permanency, fixity, fixedness, changelessness, immutability, endurance, dependability, constancy, continuance, continuity, immortality, indestructibility, perpetuity, endlessness
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Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin permanentia (perhaps via French), from permanent- ‘remaining to the end’, from the verb permanere.

Pronunciation

permanence

/ˈpərmənəns//ˈpərmənəns/