Perpetuity Per`pe*tu"i*ty, n. [L. perpetuitas: cf. F. perp['e]tuit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being perpetual; as, the perpetuity of laws. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

A path to perpetuity of fame. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

The perpetuity of single emotion is insanity. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Something that is perpetual. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. Endless time. ``And yet we should, for perpetuity, go hence in debt.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Annuities) (a) The number of years in which the simple interest of any sum becomes equal to the principal. (b) The number of years' purchase to be given for an annuity to continue forever. (c) A perpetual annuity. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) (a) Duration without limitations as to time. (b) The quality or condition of an estate by which it becomes inalienable, either perpetually or for a very long period; also, the estate itself so modified or perpetuated. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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