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perpetual adj
1 continuing forever or indefinitely; "the ageless themes of love and revenge"; "eternal truths"; "life everlasting"; "hell's perpetual fires"; "the unending bliss of heaven" [syn: ageless, eternal, everlasting, unending, unceasing]
2 uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; "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" [syn: ceaseless, constant, incessant, never-ending, unceasing, unremitting]
3 occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted; "a child's incessant questions"; "your perpetual (or continual) complaints" [syn: incessant, endless]

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Adjective

  1. Lasting forever, or for an indefinitely long time
  2. Set up to be in effect or have tenure for an unlimited duration
  3. Continuing uninterrupted
  4. Flowering throughout the growing season
    • By means of artificial hybridization, practised for a series of years, he has succeeded in producing a race of carnations which are perpetual bloomers.
    • The hybrid perpetual roses as a rule require to be pruned to within 4 to 6 inches of the ground.

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