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[self-per-pech-oo-ey-ting, self-]
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  1. continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
  2. capable of indefinite continuation.
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Origin of self-perpetuating

First recorded in 1815–25
Related formsself-per·pet·u·a·tion, noun
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Related Words for self-perpetuating

continuous, constant, monotonous, eternal, limitless, unlimited, never-ending, incessant, unending, continual, boundless, ceaseless, perpetual, unfathomable, infinite, untold, interminable, uninterrupted, unbroken, countless

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  1. (of machine, emotion, idea, etc) continuing or prevailing without any external agency or intervention
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