- continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
- capable of indefinite continuation.
Origin of self-perpetuating
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for self-perpetuating
Long-term unemployment isn't special just because it's longer; it's special because it's self-perpetuating.D.C. Decides That Unemployment Is So 2009
May 15, 2013
In war and in peace, inevitable, self-perpetuating economies arise around the smuggling of illicit goods.Bootleg Empire: America the Smuggler Nation
March 7, 2013
Independent voters increasingly see both parties as captives of corrupt, self-serving and self-perpetuating political machinery.The GOP Game Plan for 2010
September 19, 2009
The pendulum swing of politics has a funny way of self-perpetuating.Obama's New 'Best Friends'
August 2, 2009
They were self-perpetuating, and could only be removed by the General Assembly.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia
Dorothy M. Torpey
The nature of habit is to be assertive, insistent, self-perpetuating.Human Nature and Conduct
The system was self-perpetuating, and revolution couldn't change it.The Dictator
They are all self-perpetuating, yet always passing into new forms.I Walked in Arden
If the plan makes no provision for bad years, it cannot be self-perpetuating.The Psychology of Management
L. M. Gilbreth
- (of machine, emotion, idea, etc) continuing or prevailing without any external agency or intervention
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