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[pur-muh-nuh ns] /ˈpɜr mə nəns/
the condition or quality of being permanent; perpetual or continued existence.
Origin of permanence
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word permanentia. See permanent, -ence
Related forms
nonpermanence, noun
Can be confused
permanence, permanency. Unabridged
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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
  • Their permanence is sacredly respected, and his faith therein is perfect.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for permanence


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

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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