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self-perpetuating

[self-per-pech-oo-ey-ting, self-]
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adjective
  1. continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
  2. capable of indefinite continuation.

Origin of self-perpetuating

First recorded in 1815–25
Related formsself-per·pet·u·a·tion, noun
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self-perpetuating

adjective
  1. (of machine, emotion, idea, etc) continuing or prevailing without any external agency or intervention
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