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 Finally, there needs to be some permanence for the monument, and this might well be the most challenging task. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 The speed at which the occupation ended, and the disintegration of the government Washington had created with it, spurred the question of whether the U.S. had built anything of permanence in the 20 years since 2001. Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 The 9/11 attacks destabilized our sense of permanence. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 But one guiding principal is a skepticism of permanence, of shows that run indefinitely, even of founders who stay too long. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Given its permanence, the park’s design by artist Felice Limosani will continue to grow and take on the character of its neighborhood—not unlike the unique patina that Il Bisonte’s leather goods acquire over time. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 The real question is the permanence of this spending pattern, not the spike itself, which was critical in preventing structural economic scarring that can come with large shocks. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 23 May 2021 While the Internet remembers everything, the public’s object permanence is much more selective. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Breyne takes the semi-permanence of microblading and shading, and, in true French fashion, uses the tattooing techniques as tools for understated ease, rather than in-your-face effort. Jessica Defin, Vogue, 14 July 2021

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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. 2021.

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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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