- the state or character of being perpetual (often preceded by in): to desire happiness in perpetuity.
- endless or indefinitely long duration or existence; eternity.
- something that is perpetual.
- an annuity paid for life.
- Law. an interest under which property is less than completely alienable for longer than the law allows.
Origin of perpetuity
Examples from the Web for perpetuity
It's a problem for people who see double digit increases and think they'll come for perpetuity.Here Comes the Farm Bubble
May 7, 2013
Gibraltar was ceded to Britain in perpetuity under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht.Edward's Visit to Gibraltar Stirs Up Spanish Anger
June 14, 2012
That's seed money to guarantee you a good reservation any time, any day, in perpetuity.Ruth Madoff's Private World
April 6, 2009
Then she settled in perpetuity in front of the television, knitting overtight stripy jumpers.I'm Not The Sort of Man Who Goes To Prostitutes
October 18, 2008
If it were otherwise, it might be delegated to a foreign prince, and delegated in perpetuity.The Electoral Votes of 1876
David Dudley Field
This day was declared by the Malolos Congress to be a public holiday in perpetuity.The Philippine Islands
What is the security of a tomb or the perpetuity of an embalmment?The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
But this force was no guarantee for perpetuity of influence.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
For it was this belief in its own perpetuity that was its strength and weakness.A Phyllis of the Sierras
- the state or quality of being perpetual
- property law a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law
- an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely
- in perpetuity for ever
Word Origin and History for perpetuity
late 14c., from Old French perpetuité "permanence, duration" (13c., Modern French perpétuité) and directly from Latin perpetuitatem (nominative perpetuitas) "uninterrupted duration, continuity, continuous succession," from perpetuus (see perpetual).