Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being permanent; permanency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being permanent.
  • n. The reciprocal of magnetic inductance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being permanent; continuance in the same state or place; duration; fixedness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or property of being permanent or enduring; durability; fixedness; continuance in the same state, condition, place, or office; the state of being lasting, fixed, unchanging or unchangeable in character, condition, position, office, or the like; freedom from liability to change; as, the permanence of a government or state; the permanence of liberal institutions.
  • n. Synonyms See lasting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin permanentia, from Latin permaneo ("I remain; last"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Object permanence is the concept that when we do not perceive an object, it continues to exist.

    Afterlife and object permanence

  • I don't really believe that the word permanence exists in Juria's vocabulary :P.

    Memespelunk - Second Life through Juria Yoshikawa's eyes - Expect the unexpected

  • Considering that Damascus saw twenty-one changes of government in the twenty-four years preceding his coup, Assad's permanence is impressive.

    Syria: Identity Crisis

  • That elements of permanence is what the transient democratic politician needs, and that the bureaucrat can give him.

    The Politician and the Bureaucrat

  • When five winters had passed over Susan's head, there came a time of great domestic commotion, and, in her small way, the child seized the idea that permanence is not the rule of life.

    Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897

  • Romance is a luxury of the living and you were several staircases down on your way to death, and we who have made a start behind you, gathering and spending, turning the rare pages with delight, shelving and reshelving the accumulated wisdom of the world, adherents to the faith in permanence, sniff the Alexandrian smoke and turn over in our first-class berths and steerage bunds or play another hand of poker as the lights flicker and at last go out.

    The Book Collector by Tim Bowling

  • I’m not sure I would group monuments with speeches or pamphlets, as the issue of permanence is a major distinction.

    Waldo Jaquith - The Supreme Court is taking a religion case.

  • Roger’s blithe torrent grew murkier to Danielle with each sip of claret, and she pasted her smile — quite genuine; she was enjoying herself, and lord knew it wasn’t effortful — in permanence upon her face.

    Excerpt: The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

  • "Ode on a Grecian Urn" fit the scheme perfectly, with the initial perfection of the permanence depicted in the world of Tempe or the dales of Arcady above the line and the speaker's real world of process, change, passion, and death below (complicated, as the poem develops, by the speaker's gradual realization, especially evident in the negatives at the end of stanza 4, that the ideal permanence is itself

    Fifty-nine Ways of Reading 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'

  • However, Boboul wonders about the long-term permanence of the makeover:

    Global Voices in English » DRC: Goma’s Makeover for Independence Day

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