perpetuity

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

per·pe·tu·i·ty

noun \ˌpər-pə-ˈtü-ə-tē, -ˈtyü-\

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

plural per·pe·tu·i·ties

Full Definition of PERPETUITY

1
:  eternity 2
2
:  the quality or state of being perpetual <bequeathed to them in perpetuity>
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
:  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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