adjective \pər-ˈpe-chə-wəl, -chəl; -ˈpech-wəl\

: continuing forever or for a very long time without stopping

: happening all the time or very often

Full Definition of PERPETUAL

a :  continuing forever :  everlasting <perpetual motion>
b (1) :  valid for all time <a perpetual right>
(2) :  holding (as an office) for life or for an unlimited time
:  occurring continually :  indefinitely long-continued <perpetual problems>
:  blooming continuously throughout the season
per·pet·u·al·ly adverb

Examples of PERPETUAL

  1. The region is in a state of perpetual war.
  2. He seems to have a perpetual grin on his face.
  3. the perpetual demands of parenthood
  4. As always, I was struck by how the core values of the military—service and discipline, both physical and intellectual—are so different from the perpetual American Mardi Gras. —Joe Klein, Time, 29 Aug. 2005


Middle English perpetuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin perpetuus uninterrupted, from per- through + petere to go to — more at feather
First Known Use: 14th century

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