perpetuity

[ pur-pi-too-i-tee, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌpɜr pɪˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu- /

noun, plural per·pe·tu·i·ties.

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.

Nearby words

  1. perpetual inventory,
  2. perpetual motion,
  3. perpetual-motion machine,
  4. perpetuate,
  5. perpetuation,
  6. perpetuous,
  7. perphenazine,
  8. perpignan,
  9. perplex,
  10. perplexed

Origin of perpetuity

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for perpetuity

perpetuity

/ (ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

eternity
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 for perpetuity

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

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Word Origin and History for perpetuity

perpetuity

n.

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).

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