- The definition of self-perpetuating is something that has the power to continue indefinitely.
An example of self-perpetuating is someone dwelling on the negative in life and continuing to have bad things happen to them.
(comparative more self-perpetuating, superlative most self-perpetuating)
- Causing itself to continue to exist.
- The committee was self-perpetuating: all it did was hold a meeting to decide when the next meeting was, and consume funds to do so.
- It's a self-perpetuating error, now that we've made it, we can't fix it without breaking things that depend on it.
self- + perpetuating