self-per·​pet·​u·​at·​ing | \ ˌself-pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-perpetuating (audio) \

Definition of self-perpetuating

: capable of continuing or renewing oneself indefinitely : capable of perpetuating oneself or itself After years of experiments failing to reveal what maintains this remarkable population of self-perpetuating cells … researchers working with mice have now discovered a way to propagate the cells in the laboratory.— S. Carpenter a self-perpetuating problem [=a problem that causes circumstances that perpetuate the problem] According to [Laura] Weston, the "self-perpetuating myth" that women's sport doesn't have any audience—which is used by broadcasters, sports editors and brands as the reason not to support it—is, of course, rubbish.— Nicole Kemp New research from Chicago University has discovered that there's a reason why some people who feel lonely often get into a self-perpetuating cycle of loneliness, avoiding social interaction so they won't be rejected.— Kate Whiting

Other Words from self-perpetuating

self-perpetuation \ ˌself-​pər-​ˌpe-​chə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce self-perpetuation (audio) \ noun
the self-perpetuation of bureaucratic rules

First Known Use of self-perpetuating

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-perpetuating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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