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permanence

[pur-muh-nuh ns]
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noun
  1. the condition or quality of being permanent; perpetual or continued existence.

Origin of permanence

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word permanentia. See permanent, -ence
Related formsnon·per·ma·nence, noun
Can be confusedpermanence permanency
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  • He had given shape and permanence to his native language by his Dictionary.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The permanence of industry in any state must be proportioned to the certainty of its reward.

  • For the assertion of the permanence of good is only based on the assumption of its objective character.

    Gorgias

    Plato

  • Any distrust of the permanence of laws, would paralyze the faculties of man.

    Nature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The wheels and springs of man are all set to the hypothesis of the permanence of nature.

    Nature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for permanence

permanence

noun
  1. the state or quality of being permanent
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Word Origin and History for permanence

n.

early 15c., from Middle French permanence and directly from Medieval Latin permanentia (early 14c.), from Latin permanens (see permanent). Related: Permanency.

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