in perpetuity

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 (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.
in perpetuity
For an indefinite period of time; forever.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: perpetuity - for life; "desire happiness in perpetuity"; "an annuity paid in perpetuity" perpetuity - for an indefinitely long time; "bequeathed to the nation in perpetuity"
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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.
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?
de Saint-Aignan, aide-de-camp in perpetuity, carried to La Valliere at the risk of foundering his horses.
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It is an obvious way of tying us in perpetuity into the EU.
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