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Definition of perpetual adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] continuing for a long period of time without interruption synonym continuous the perpetual noise of traffic We lived for years in a perpetual state of fear. (literary) mountain peaks covered with perpetual snow and ice
  2. 2[usually before noun] frequently repeated, in a way that is annoying synonym continual How can I work with these perpetual interruptions?
  3. 3[only before noun] (of a job or position) lasting for the whole of someone's life He was elected perpetual president. (humorous) She's a perpetual student.
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: perpetual

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