Definition of perpetuity in English:

perpetuity

Syllabification: per·pe·tu·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌpərpiˈt(y)o͞oitē
 
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noun (plural perpetuities)

1A thing that lasts forever or for an indefinite period, in particular.
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  • 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.
1.1A bond or other security with no fixed maturity date.
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  • This is also about the length of time that discount rates converge to perpetuities.
1.2 Law A restriction making an estate inalienable perpetually or for a period beyond certain limits fixed by law.
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  • 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.
1.3 Law An estate so restricted.
2The state or quality of lasting forever: he did not believe in the perpetuity of military rule
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  • 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’.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitas, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout' (see perpetual).

Phrases

in (or for) perpetuity

Forever: all the Bonapartes were banished from France in perpetuity
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  • 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?
Synonyms
forever, forevermore, permanently, for always, for good, perpetually, for ever and ever, for all time, until the end of time, until hell freezes over, eternally, for eternity, everlastingly
informal for keeps
archaic for aye

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