- The definition of perpetual is something that goes on or lasts forever or an extremely long time.
An example of perpetual is love between a mother and child.
perpetual definition by Webster's New World
- lasting or enduring forever or for an indefinitely long time; eternal; permanent
- continuing indefinitely without interruption; unceasing; constant: a perpetual nuisance
- blooming continuously throughout the growing season
Origin: Middle English perpetuel ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin perpetualis ; from perpetuus, constant ; from perpes (gen. perpetis), continuous ; from per-, through plush petere, to strive, rush at, fall: see feather
- perpetually adverb
perpetual definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Lasting for eternity.
- Continuing or lasting for an indefinitely long time.
- Instituted to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration: a treaty of perpetual friendship.
- Continuing without interruption. See Synonyms at continual.
- Flowering throughout the growing season.
Origin: Middle English perpetuel, from Old French, from Latin perpetuālis, from perpetuus, continuous : per-, per- + petere, to go toward; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- per·petˈu·al·ly adverb