[ per-pech-oo-uhl ]
/ pərˈpɛtʃ u əl /
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.
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Origin of perpetual
SYNONYMS FOR perpetual
OTHER WORDS FROM perpetual
per·pet·u·al·i·ty, per·pet·u·al·ness, nounper·pet·u·al·ly, adverbnon·per·pet·u·al, adjectivenon·per·pet·u·al·ly, adverb
qua·si-per·pet·u·al, adjectivequa·si-per·pet·u·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby perpetual
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British Dictionary definitions for non-perpetual
/ (pəˈpɛtjʊəl) /
(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
Derived forms of perpetualperpetually, adverb
Word Origin for perpetual
C14: via Old French from Latin perpetuālis universal, from perpes continuous, from per- (thoroughly) + petere to go towards
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