perpetuity [pur-pi- too-i-tee, - tyoo-] noun, plural per·pe·tu·i·ties. the state or character of being perpetual (often preceded by in): to desire happiness in perpetuity. endless or indefinitely long duration or existence; eternity. an annuity paid for life. . Law an interest under which property is less than completely alienable for longer than the law allows. Origin of perpetuity 1375–1425; late Middle English perpetuite
-ity Related forms non·per·pe·tu·i·ty, noun, plural non·per·pe·tu·i·ties.
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Related Words for in perpetuity always
lastingly British Dictionary definitions for in perpetuity noun plural -ties eternity the state or quality of being perpetual property law a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely in perpetuity for ever Word Origin for perpetuity
C15: from Old French
perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitās continuity; see perpetual
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Word Origin and History for in perpetuity n.
late 14c., from Old French
perpetuité "permanence, duration" (13c., Modern French perpétuité) and directly from Latin perpetuitatem (nominative perpetuitas) "uninterrupted duration, continuity, continuous succession," from perpetuus (see perpetual).
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Idioms and Phrases with in perpetuity
For all time, forever, as in
This land was given to the state in perpetuity. [First half of 1400s]
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