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perpetuity

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noun per·pe·tu·i·ty \ˌpər-pə-ˈtü-ə-tē, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of perpetuity

  • : the state of continuing forever or for a very long time

Full Definition of perpetuity

plural per·pe·tu·i·ties

  1. 1 :  eternity 2

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being perpetual <bequeathed to them in perpetuity>

  3. 3 a :  the condition of an estate limited so that it will not take effect or vest within the period fixed by law b :  an estate so limited

  4. 4 :  an annuity payable forever

Examples of perpetuity

  1. <lands that should remain in their wild state in perpetuity>



Origin of perpetuity

Middle English perpetuite, from Anglo-French perpetuité, from Latin perpetuitat-, perpetuitas, from perpetuus


First Known Use: 15th century




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