per·​ma·​nen·​cy | \ ˈpər-mə-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce permanency (audio) , ˈpərm-nən(t)-\
plural permanencies

Definition of permanency

2 : something permanent

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McConnell hedged when asked this week whether the Senate would also hold a vote on tax cut permanency. Erica Werner,, "GOP fears a vote to extend tax cuts would aid Democrats," 18 Apr. 2018 Calls for teal permanency were matched only by one other suggestion — that in order to really bring fans back, the team has to win. Dan Sweeney,, "Attention Marlins: Fans want their teal and they want it for good," 7 June 2018 In this op-ed, Christina K., whose name has been shortened for anonymity, explains the importance of permanency for youth in foster care. Christina K., Teen Vogue, "How Foster Care Can Split Up Siblings — And Result In Very Different Lives For Them," 21 May 2018 In hiring a new president, Chicago State is seeking permanency for a role that has been in constant flux. Dawn Rhodes,, "Chicago State chooses three finalists for president," 2 May 2018 But his lack of permanency was almost part of his character. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "The trials of Stuart V. Goldberg, Chicago’s flashiest defense attorney," 23 Jan. 2018 The sense of permanency and trust is what drew Amber Donovan, now the director of the initiative, to start the first table in Cleveland in 2014. Emily Bamforth,, "Open Table creates support families for former foster youth," 19 Jan. 2018 For Angel, the wedding brought a sense of permanency that was missing from her childhood. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Nicole and Angel Molinari of Williamstown, N.J.," 1 Nov. 2017 The agency is sponsoring a month-long series of events to raise community awareness of the importance of adoption, particularly for the nearly 70 children in the system who have no specific plans for permanency. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Summit County Children Services has full plate of events for National Adoption Awareness Month," 30 Oct. 2017

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1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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