permanence

noun

per·​ma·​nence ˈpər-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce permanence (audio)
ˈpərm-nən(t)s
: the quality or state of being permanent : durability

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Of more permanence was the influence and power of a group known as the Rus across the vast swaths of land from the Baltic to the Caspian. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2010 Her extraordinary longevity lent her a sense of permanence that makes her death, even at an advanced age, somehow shocking. Mark Landler, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2022 World War II—the backdrop of Hazzard’s childhood—had both disrupted and cemented the permanence of history. Hillary Kelly, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2023 The stability of vortex rings might also provide the permanence that atoms required. Quanta Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022 Assessing the Quality of the Carbon Credit To assess a carbon offset credit’s quality, there are four major terms to know: additionality, permanence/durability, buffer pool, and leakage. Taylor Moore, Time, 28 Oct. 2022 Trees also die, which raises the issue of permanence in carbon storage: A mature forest area, slated for destruction and then preserved thanks to cash flow from offset sales, can go up in flames in a wildfire overnight. Time, 21 Oct. 2022 But few things will cause your illusions of permanence to come crashing down like a gigantic asteroid, well, crashing down. Cory Oldweiler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2022 Their permanence, maybe even more than their pageantry, is what sustained him as a boy who yearned for a more stable life at home with his father, Jim Herbstreit, a hard-nosed Ohio State captain under the legendary Woody Hayes. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of permanence was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Permanence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/permanence. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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