Perpetuity is defined as the state or quality of lasting forever.
An example of perpetuity is a pension that is paid for life.
- the state or quality of being perpetual
- something perpetual, as an annuity or pension to be paid indefinitely or, often specif., for life
- unlimited time; eternity
- a limitation upon the transference of an estate: it is valid only for a legally specified period
- an estate so limited
Origin of perpetuityMiddle English perpetuite from Old French perpetuité from Classical Latin perpetuitas
forever or for an indefinite period
- The quality or condition of being perpetual: “The perpetuity of the Church was an article of faith” ( Morris L. West )
- Time without end; eternity.
- Law a. The condition of an estate that is limited so as to be inalienable either perpetually or longer than the period determined by law.b. An estate so limited.
- An annuity payable indefinitely.
(countable and uncountable, plural perpetuities)
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being perpetual; endless duration; uninterrupted existence.
- (countable) Something that is perpetual.
- (countable, law) A limitation intended to be unalterable and of indefinite duration; a disposition of property which attempts to make it inalienable beyond certain limits fixed or conceived as being fixed by the general law.
- (countable, finance) An annuity in which the periodic payments begin on a fixed date and continue indefinitely.
From Old French perpetuitÃ©, ultimately from Latin perpetuitÄs.