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Definitions of perpetual

  1. continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending bliss of heaven" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; "the ceaseless thunder of surf"; "in constant pain"; "night and day we live with the incessant noise of the city"; "the never-ending search for happiness"; "the perpetual struggle to maintain standards in a democracy"; "man's unceasing warfare with drought and isolation"; "unremitting demands of hunger" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted; "a child's incessant questions"; "your perpetual (or continual) complaints" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Neverceasing; continuing forever or for an unlimited time; unfailing; everlasting; continuous. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Neverceasing; everlasting; as, perpetual motion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Perpetually. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Never ceasing: everlasting: not temporary. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Never ceasing; everlasting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Continuing without ceasing; incessant; ceaseless; endless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Continuing for ever; continuing without ceasing; permanent. Perpetual curacy, one where all the tithes are appropriated, and no vicarage endowed. Perpetual motion, a motion which is renewed from itself, without other intervention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Never ceasing; continuing without intermission; permanent; not temporary; endless. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Never ceasing; continuous ; enduring; lasting; unlimited in respect of time; continuing without intermission or interval. See Scanlan v. Crawshaw, 5 Mo. App. 337. Perpetual edict. In Roman law. Originally the term "perpetual" was merely opposed to "occasional" and was used to distinguish the general edicts of the praetors from the special edicts or orders which they issued in their judicial capacity. But under Hadrian the edict was revised by the jurist Julianus, and was republished as a permanent act of legislation. It was then styled "perpetual," in the sense of being calculated to endure in perpctuum, or until abrogated by competent authority. Aust. Jur. 855. thelawdictionary.org
  13. per-pet'[=u]-al, adj. never ceasing: everlasting: not temporary.--adv. PERPET'UALLY.--PERPETUAL CURATE, a curate of a parish where there was neither rector nor vicar, the tithes being in the hands of a layman--abolished in 1868, every incumbent not a rector now being a vicar; PERPETUAL MOTION, motion of a machine arising from forces within itself, constantly kept up without any force from without; PERPETUAL SCREW, an endless screw. [Fr. perpétuel--L. perpetuus, continuous.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Eternal; permanent during life; applicable, valid, for ever or for indefinite time; p. motion (of machine that should go on for ever unless stopped by external force or worn out); continuous; (colloq.) frequent, repeated, as this p. nagging. Hence perpetually adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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