- continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
- lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
- continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
- blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year.
- a hybrid rose that is perpetual.
- a perennial plant.
Origin of perpetual
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Examples from the Web for perpetual
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Big discounts and cheap credit keep them coming back for more; and keep millions in perpetual debt.Christmas Is the New Subprime
December 9, 2014
Hollande is ‘the king of doublespeak, ambiguity, and perpetual lies’Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
On Wall Street, Bank of America plays a perpetual second fiddle to JPMorgan Chase Co., the only U.S. bank that holds more assets.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
Some people upload content to Facebook for the perpetual online access it provides.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
Else, could I hear the perpetual revilings of her implacable family?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This perpetual atmosphere of duplicity was positively distasteful.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It was a perpetual coming and going of fashionable personages.In the Heart of Vosges
In the height of summer might be found there a perpetual shade.
His family were kept in perpetual fear of a ridiculous mesalliance.
- (usually prenominal) eternal; permanent
- (usually prenominal) seemingly ceaseless because often repeatedyour perpetual complaints
- horticulture blooming throughout the growing season or year
- (of a crop plant) continually producing edible parts: perpetual spinach
- a plant that blooms throughout the growing season
Word Origin and History for perpetual
mid-14c., from Old French perpetuel "without end" (12c.) and directly from Latin perpetualis "universal," in Medieval Latin "permanent," from perpetuus "continuous, universal," from perpetis, genitive of Old Latin perpes "lasting," probably from per- "through" + root of petere "to seek, go to, aim at" (see petition (n.)). Related: Perpetually. Perpetual motion is attested from 1590s.