from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lasting for eternity.
- adj. Continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time.
- adj. Instituted to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration: a treaty of perpetual friendship.
- adj. Continuing without interruption. See Synonyms at continual.
- adj. Flowering throughout the growing season.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lasting forever, or for an indefinitely long time
- adj. Set up to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration
- adj. Continuing uninterrupted
- adj. Flowering throughout the growing season
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Neverceasing; continuing forever or for an unlimited time; unfailing; everlasting; continuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Continuing for ever in future time; destined to continue or be continued through the ages; everlasting: as, a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute.
- Continuing or continued without intermission; uninterrupted; continuous; continual:
- Synonyms Everlasting, Immortal, etc. (see eternal), unceasing, ceaseless, unfailing, perenuial, enduring, permanent, lasting, endless, everlasting.
- 2. Continual, Incessant, etc. (see incessant), constant.
- n. A perennial plant, especially a rose which blooms every month of the year.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
- adj. continuing forever or indefinitely
Middle English perpetuel, from Old French, from Latin perpetuālis, from perpetuus, continuous : per-, per- + petere, to go toward; see pet- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin perpetualis ("universal"). (Wiktionary)