verb (used with object), per·pet·u·at·ed, per·pet·u·at·ing.
- perpetual check,
- perpetual debenture,
- perpetual inventory,
- perpetual motion,
- perpetual-motion machine,
Origin of perpetuate
Examples from the Web for perpetuation
And needless to say it's the GOP that depends on perpetuation of the fiction.Budget Balancing and Jobs: It's the Other Way Around!|Michael Tomasky|March 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately this perpetuation was secured by the sacrifice of some of the dearest interests of the race.Religion & Sex|Chapman Cohen
By the young Japanese man, it is looked upon as a natural duty that has duly to be performed for the perpetuation of his family.Lafcadio Hearn|Nina H. Kennard
Mr. Eve considers this to be merely the perpetuation of some case in which the crude draughtsman has added a tuft to its head.A Complete Guide to Heraldry|Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Word Origin for perpetuate
late 14c., from Medieval Latin perpetuationem (nominative perpetuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of perpetuare (see perpetuate).
1520s, a back-formation from perpetuation or else from Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare "to make perpetual," from perpetuus (see perpetual). Related: Perpetuated; Perpetuating.