[ pur-pi-too-i-tee, -tyoo- ]
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noun,plural per·pe·tu·i·ties.
  1. the state or character of being perpetual (often preceded by in): to desire happiness in perpetuity.

  2. endless or indefinitely long duration or existence; eternity.

  1. something that is perpetual.

  2. an annuity paid for life.

  3. Law. an interest under which property is less than completely alienable for longer than the law allows.

Origin of perpetuity

1375–1425; late Middle English perpetuite<Latin perpetuitās.See perpetual, -ity

Other words from perpetuity

  • non·per·pe·tu·i·ty, noun, plural non·per·pe·tu·i·ties.

Words Nearby perpetuity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for perpetuity


/ (ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. eternity

  2. the state or quality of being perpetual

  1. property law a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law

  2. an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely

  3. in perpetuity for ever

Origin of perpetuity

C15: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitās continuity; see perpetual

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