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

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The power of American citizenship rests in its permanence. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Cynical War on American Citizenship," 30 July 2019 But now given an extended chance with the Mariners for the first time in his career, he’s moved past potential and into production and permanence. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "The Mariners needed a miracle to beat the Royals. They got it, and return home 13-2, sweep in hand.," 12 Apr. 2019 The work is meant to reimagine the concept, location, and permanence of the idea of home. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hotel as Patron of the Arts? In Hong Kong, the Peninsula Takes the Trend to the Next Level," 9 Apr. 2019 Only when Sadhana found herself on a bus leaving New York did the permanence of this trip begin to sink in. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "She must choose: Stay with her undocumented family in America or live freely in Canada," 26 July 2019 As opposition to the Declaration for Liberty of Conscience (and the fear of its permanence) became the cornerstone of the revolution, the document warrants a careful examination. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 People talk of changing perspectives, of senses heightening in the face of natural permanence and grandeur. National Geographic, "Why the world’s most daunting mountains inspire me," 11 Apr. 2019 With overhead clerestories flowing with natural light the feeling is permanence in a new-fashioned way. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 Bobby, the officer, found a letter Corey had sent him and got his signature tattooed on his arm; the permanence helped him find peace. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of permanence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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