[pur-muh-nuh ns]


the condition or quality of being permanent; perpetual or continued existence.

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. 2019

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Historical Examples of permanence

  • He had given shape and permanence to his native language by his Dictionary.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The permanence of industry in any state must be proportioned to the certainty of its reward.

  • For the assertion of the permanence of good is only based on the assumption of its objective character.



  • Any distrust of the permanence of laws, would paralyze the faculties of man.


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Their permanence is sacredly respected, and his faith therein is perfect.


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for permanence



the state or quality of being permanent
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Word Origin and History for 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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