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per·pe·tu·i·ty

 (pûr′pĭ-to͞o′ĭ-tē, -tyo͞o′-)
n. pl. per·pe·tu·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being perpetual: "The perpetuity of the Church was an article of faith" (Morris L. West).
2. Time without end; eternity.
3. Law
a. The condition of an estate that is limited so as to be inalienable either perpetually or longer than the period determined by law.
b. An estate so limited.
4. An annuity payable indefinitely.
Idiom:
in perpetuity
For an indefinite period of time; forever.

perpetuity

(ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. eternity
2. the state or quality of being perpetual
3. (Law) property law a limitation preventing the absolute disposal of an estate for longer than the period allowed by law
4. (Banking & Finance) an annuity with no maturity date and payable indefinitely
5. in perpetuity for ever
[C15: from Old French perpetuite, from Latin perpetuitās continuity; see perpetual]

per•pe•tu•i•ty

(ˌpɜr pɪˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or character of being perpetual.
2. endless or indefinitely long duration or existence.
3. an annuity paid for life.
[1375–1425; late Middle English perpetuite < Latin perpetuitās. See perpetual, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perpetuity - the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)
permanence, permanency - the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

perpetuity

noun
in perpetuity for ever, for good, permanently, for keeps (informal), for all time, for eternity, for always The US Government gave the land to the tribe in perpetuity.

perpetuity

noun
2. The totality of time without beginning or end:
Translations

perpetuity

[ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ] Nperpetuidad f
in perpetuitya perpetuidad

perpetuity

[ˌpɜːrpɪˈtjuːɪti] n
in perpetuity → à perpétuité

perpetuity

n (form)Ewigkeit f; in perpetuityauf ewig; (Jur) → lebenslänglich

perpetuity

[ˌpɜːpɪˈtjuːɪtɪ] n in perpetuityin perpetuo
References in classic literature ?
Whoever has travelled in the New England States will remember, in some cool village, the large farmhouse, with its clean-swept grassy yard, shaded by the dense and massive foliage of the sugar maple; and remember the air of order and stillness, of perpetuity and unchanging repose, that seemed to breathe over the whole place.
Here, established in perpetuity, is the poor Beauty, a widow with a little girl; here, at dinner on Sophy's birthday, are the three married girls with their three husbands, and one of the husband's brothers, and another husband's cousin, and another husband's sister, who appears to me to be engaged to the cousin.
That the system of living contrived by me, was unreasonable and unjust; because it supposed a perpetuity of youth, health, and vigour, which no man could be so foolish to hope, however extravagant he may be in his wishes.
Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments.
In this view of the subject, by what logic can it be maintained that the local governments ought to command, in perpetuity, an EXCLUSIVE source of revenue for any sum beyond the extent of two hundred thousand pounds?
The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works, are proper to men.
The lover seeks in marriage his private felicity and perfection, with no prospective end; and nature hides in his happiness her own end, namely, progeny, or the perpetuity of the race.
At her death, at the moment when she was passing to the other sepulchre, she had bequeathed this one in perpetuity to afflicted women, mothers, widows, or maidens, who should wish to pray much for others or for themselves, and who should desire to inter themselves alive in a great grief or a great penance.
de Saint-Aignan, aide-de-camp in perpetuity, carried to La Valliere at the risk of foundering his horses.
His youthful confidence in the perpetuity of poetry, of the poetical interests in life, creed-less as he may otherwise seem to be, is, we think, a token, though certainly an unconscious token, of the spontaneous originality of his muse.
They were, I may say, apprenticed to education, to art, to the church, to science, to literature; and in those fields they served the important function of moulding the thought-processes of the nation in the direction of the perpetuity of the Oligarchy.
Finally then, we may conclude that in many organic beings, a cross between two individuals is an obvious necessity for each birth; in many others it occurs perhaps only at long intervals; but in none, as I suspect, can self-fertilisation go on for perpetuity.