adjective per·ma·nent \-nənt\

: lasting or continuing for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing

Full Definition of PERMANENT

:  continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change :  stable
per·ma·nent·ly adverb
per·ma·nent·ness noun


Middle English, from Anglo-French parmanant, from Latin permanent-, permanens, present participle of permanēre to endure, from per- throughout + manēre to remain — more at per-, mansion
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of PERMANENT

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely <a book that left a lasting impression on me>. permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely <permanent living arrangements>. durable implies power to resist destructive agencies <durable fabrics>. stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced <a stable government>.



Definition of PERMANENT

:  a long-lasting hair wave or straightening produced by mechanical and chemical means —called also permanent wave

First Known Use of PERMANENT

PERMANENT Defined for Kids


adjective per·ma·nent \ˈpər-mə-nənt\

Definition of PERMANENT for Kids

:  lasting or meant to last for a long time :  not temporary <Some permanent changes will be made.>
per·ma·nent·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary


adjective per·ma·nent \ˈpərm(-ə)-nənt\

Medical Definition of PERMANENT

:  of, relating to, or being a permanent tooth <permanent dentition>
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