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[per-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-]
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  1. very durable; permanent; imperishable.
  2. Theology. eternal; everlasting.
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Origin of perdurable

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word perdūrābilis. See per-, dure2, -able
Related formsper·dur·a·bil·i·ty, per·dur·a·ble·ness, nounper·dur·a·bly, adverbun·per·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·dur·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Hir cloes weren maked of ryt delye redes and subtil crafte of perdurable matere.

    Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • This is the meaning in the reference to the eternal throne (“perdurable chayer”) of God.

  • The primal object of religion is to disclose to us this perdurable basis of life, and foster our growth into communion with it.

  • We should have fastened the branches of life together in long elastic wires of the thin-drawn gold of perdurable sentiment.


    Edmund Gosse

  • She felt at once the fugitive character of its apparent existence, the perdurable Reality within which it was held.

    Practical Mysticism

    Evelyn Underhill

British Dictionary definitions for perdurable


  1. rare extremely durable
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Derived Formsperdurability, nounperdurably, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Late Latin perdūrābilis, from Latin per- (intensive) + dūrābilis long-lasting, from dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for perdurable


mid-13c. (implied in perdurably), from Old French pardurable "eternal, everlasting, perpetual" (12c.), from Late Latin perdurabilis, from perdurare, from per-, intensive prefix, + durare "to endure" (see endure).

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