[pur-muh-nuh ns]

Origin of permanence

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word permanentia. See permanent, -ence
Related formsnon·per·ma·nence, noun
Can be confusedpermanence permanency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-permanence


  1. the state or quality of being permanent
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Word Origin and History for non-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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