Simple Definition of perpetuate
: to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue
Examples of perpetuate in a sentence
He perpetuates the myth that his house is haunted.
Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.
Origin and Etymology of perpetuate
Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare, from perpetuus
First Known Use: 1530
PERPETUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of perpetuate for Students
: to cause to last a long time
Legal Definition of perpetuate
: to preserve or make available (testimony) for later use at a trial by means of deposition especially when the evidence so gathered would be otherwise unavailable or lost
perpetuation\pər-ˌpe-chə-ˈwā-shən\ play noun
Additional Notes on perpetuate
Courts will not allow the perpetuation of testimony at a pretrial proceeding if it appears to be an attempt to fish for useful material.
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