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

Examples of permanency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bard is one of those temps who faces a long path to permanency. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "General Motors shocks nearly 1,000 temp workers with full-time promotions; Ford promotes 592," 8 Jan. 2020 Bard is one of those temps who faces a long path to permanency. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Hundreds of GM temp workers were just made permanent," 8 Jan. 2020 Jamie Greenberg, a permanency caseworker for Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families in the Pittsburgh area, has seen the evolution of open adoption in the foster care system. Washington Post, "How two families are navigating open adoption after foster care," 26 Nov. 2019 Path to permanency Under the contract, temporary workers at Ford will be eligible for full-time status after two or three years of service, based on an outline provided in the UAW summary. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW Ford workers to close Round 2 of contract negotiations; Fiat Chrysler next," 15 Nov. 2019 Others among us open hearts and homes to children who need loving permanency. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "What Are We Doing about Foster Children in America?," 11 Nov. 2019 This adds another element of flexibility to Instagram, but the feature essentially asks users to sacrifice permanency for privacy. Ellie Abraham, Allure, "Why Finstas Are a Safe Sanctuary on Social Media," 23 July 2019 Cardi and Offset are clearly living it up and enjoying life and each other and (for now, at least) are making a statement about the permanency of their relationship. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Cardi B Tattooed Offset's Name on Her Leg and It Looks Like It Hurt," 23 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of permanency

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Permanency.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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