per·​ma·​nence | \ ˈpər-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce permanence (audio) , ˈpərm-nən(t)s \

Definition of permanence

: the quality or state of being permanent : durability

Examples of permanence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a kid, family to Jay meant having a lot of people around, a feeling of community, and crucially, a sense of permanence, that these people would always be in his life. Angela Chen, The Atlantic, "Tavi Has Three Parents," 22 Sep. 2020 By apprehending daylight in tight enclosures, Anthes conveys both permanence and ephemerality in one luminous instant. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Prizewinning artists share concept of challenging perceptions," 18 Sep. 2020 The Fed’s recent centennial celebration is only a mark of longevity, not a guarantee of permanence. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "The Fed Puts Its Independence on the Line," 7 Sep. 2020 Congress and the president may set policy, but the courts confirm its permanence. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Party conventions, colleges and COVID-19," 25 Aug. 2020 Old-fashioned astronomy was also permeated by a false sense of permanence. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "A Movie of the Evolving Universe, Potentially Scary," 2 Aug. 2020 Later, when the permanence of that final day set in, both thought about one thing: prom. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Follow high school grads as they say goodbye to a senior year stolen by coronavirus," 24 June 2020 The Harris Poll has taken a stab at answering that question, surveying American attitudes about each company’s resolve, integrity, responsiveness and permanence. David Meyer, Fortune, "The companies that have proved their value in this crisis," 15 June 2020 Any change to immigrant laws could hurt the US’s long-term plans around innovation and new ventures because giving immigrants legal permanence and a sense of stability incentivises local investments. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A new study shows Trump’s anti-immigration policies will end up hurting the US," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of permanence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Permanence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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per·​ma·​nence | \ ˈpər-mə-nəns How to pronounce permanence (audio) \

Kids Definition of permanence

: the quality or state of lasting forever or for a long time

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