[ pur-muh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈpɜr mə nəns /


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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British Dictionary definitions for permanence


/ (ˈpɜːmənəns) /


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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