Definition of perpetuity in English:
noun (plural perpetuities)
1A thing that lasts forever or for an indefinite period, in particular.
- And not every time-share goes on into perpetuity.
- But the vehicle for expressing that need doesn't have to be a large company that carries the names of its founders into perpetuity.
- It's actually just an application of the formula for a perpetuity.
1.2 Law A restriction making an estate inalienable perpetually or for a period beyond certain limits fixed by law.
- It is proposed that in future there should be a statutory rule on perpetuities that applies only to specified interests, which are essentially only those arising under wills and trusts.
- The study found that simply changing a state's perpetuities laws wasn't enough to attract trust assets.
- The trust, being created by statute, cannot be held invalid on the ground of perpetuity or on any other ground.
2The state or quality of lasting forever: he did not believe in the perpetuity of military rule
More example sentences
- In short, the second type of scrutiny, which is very essential in the criticism of traditions, relates to the constancy and perpetuity of the chain of narrators.
- The longevity and perpetuity, if not the excellence, of democracy has ensured that no individual or ideology has been able to paint this country in monochromatic colours.
- I don't know that it's got much to do with the endocrine system, but you seem to have mastered the ‘integrity and perpetuity of life’.
in (or for) perpetuity
- Forever: all the Bonapartes were banished from France in perpetuityMore example sentences
- Sales of permanent water mean selling your water in perpetuity; sales of temporary water transfer water on an annual basis.
- In 1625, he leaves prison banished in perpetuity, his health ruined and his spirit broken.
- Or will the children believe they have achieved everything there is to achieve in sport, and seek to rest on their laurels in perpetuity?