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[per-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-]
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  1. very durable; permanent; imperishable.
  2. Theology. eternal; everlasting.

Origin of perdurable

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word perdūrābilis. See per-, dure2, -able
Related formsper·dur·a·bil·i·ty, per·dur·a·ble·ness, nounper·dur·a·bly, adverbun·per·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·dur·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for perdurable

Historical Examples

  • Hir cloes weren maked of ryt delye redes and subtil crafte of perdurable matere.

    Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • This is the meaning in the reference to the eternal throne (“perdurable chayer”) of God.

  • The primal object of religion is to disclose to us this perdurable basis of life, and foster our growth into communion with it.

  • We should have fastened the branches of life together in long elastic wires of the thin-drawn gold of perdurable sentiment.


    Edmund Gosse

  • She felt at once the fugitive character of its apparent existence, the perdurable Reality within which it was held.

    Practical Mysticism</p>

    Evelyn Underhill

British Dictionary definitions for perdurable


  1. rare extremely durable
Derived Formsperdurability, nounperdurably, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Late Latin perdūrābilis, from Latin per- (intensive) + dūrābilis long-lasting, from dūrus hard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for perdurable


mid-13c. (implied in perdurably), from Old French pardurable "eternal, everlasting, perpetual" (12c.), from Late Latin perdurabilis, from perdurare, from per-, intensive prefix, + durare "to endure" (see endure).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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