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[self-per-pech-oo-ey-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlf pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪ tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
capable of indefinite continuation.
Origin of self-perpetuating
First recorded in 1815-25
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self-perpetuation, noun Unabridged
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  • They were self-perpetuating, and could only be removed by the General Assembly.

  • The nature of habit is to be assertive, insistent, self-perpetuating.

  • The system was self-perpetuating, and revolution couldn't change it.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • They are all self-perpetuating, yet always passing into new forms.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • If the plan makes no provision for bad years, it cannot be self-perpetuating.

  • The Five, a self-perpetuating body, do what governing is necessary for the entire planet.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for self-perpetuating


(of machine, emotion, idea, etc) continuing or prevailing without any external agency or intervention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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