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Examples of perpetuity in a Sentence
lands that should remain in their wild state in perpetuity
Recent Examples of perpetuity from the Web
For $15 million, the city will own the facility in perpetuity.
The deed to that portion of land now reads that it be preserved as a bird sanctuary and wildlife habitat in perpetuity.
These sections of the deal expire after a few years, though the pact forbids Iran from gaining nuclear weapons in perpetuity.
As part of their agreement, the developers granted the public 100 acres of shoreline in perpetuity, to be managed jointly.
In most states, a felony arrest is enough to add someone in perpetuity to the state database.
Borden’s stepsons, Samuel and Alfred Church, had bought the mansion to be used as the library and wanted it named in perpetuity after their stepfather.
But both measures came at a steep cost, contributing mightily to a mushrooming deficit that the Congressional Budget Office projected this week will reach $1 trillion in 2020 and exceed that mark in perpetuity.
His antitrust lawsuit, Robertson v. NBA, destroyed the reserve clause that tied a player to an NBA team in perpetuity.
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Did You Know?
Continual existence—that elusive concept has made perpetuity a favorite term of philosophers and poets for centuries. The word derives ultimately from the Latin adjective perpetuus ("continual" or "uninterrupted"), which is also the source of our perpetual and perpetuate. It frequently occurs in the phrase "in perpetuity," which essentially means "forever" or "for an indefinitely long period of time." Perpetuity also has some specific uses in law. It can refer to an arrangement in a will rendering land forever inalienable (or at least, for a period longer than is set by rules against such arrangements) or to an annuity that is payable forever.
PERPETUITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perpetuity for English Language Learners
: the state of continuing forever or for a very long time
legal Definition of perpetuity
- devised to them in perpetuity
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