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PERPETUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perpetual mean? 

PERPETUAL (adjective)
  The adjective PERPETUAL has 3 senses:

1. continuing forever or indefinitely
2. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
3. occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted

  Familiarity information: PERPETUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERPETUAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Continuing forever or indefinitely

Synonyms:

unceasing; perpetual; everlasting; eternal; ageless; unending; eonian; aeonian

Context examples:

the ageless themes of love and revenge / eternal truths / life everlasting / hell's perpetual fires / the unending bliss of heaven

Similar:

lasting; permanent (continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place)


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Meaning:

Uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

Synonyms:

unremitting; never-ending; ceaseless; incessant; perpetual; unceasing; constant

Context examples:

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

Similar:

continuous; uninterrupted (continuing in time or space without interruption)


Sense 3perpetual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted

Synonyms:

incessant; perpetual; endless

Context examples:

a child's incessant questions / your perpetual (or continual) complaints

Similar:

continual (seemingly without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series)


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