perpetuity


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perpetuity

n. forever. (See: in perpetuity, rule against perpetuities)

perpetuity

noun boundlessness, ceaselessness, constant progression, continuance, continuation, continued existence, continuous time, endless duration, endless time, endlessness, eternity, everlasting, forever, incessancy, infinite duration, infiniteness, infinity, perenniality, permanence, perpetuation, perpetuitas, time without end, unintermitted continuance, uninterrupted existence
Associated concepts: after-born children, in perpetuity, lives in being, period of perpetuities, restraint on alienation, rule against perpetuities

PERPETUITY, estates. Any limitation tending to take the subject of it out of commerce for a longer period than a life or lives in being, and twenty-one years beyond; and in case of a posthumous child, a few months more, allowing for the term of gestation; Randall on Perpetuities, 48; or it is such a limitation of property as renders it unalienable beyond the period allowed by law. Gilbert on Uses, by Sugden, 260, note.
     2. Mr. Justice Powell, in Scattergood v. Edge, 12 Mod. 278, distinguished perpetuities into two sorts, absolute and qualified; meaning thereby, as it is apprehended, a distinction between a plain, direct and palpable perpetuity, and the case where an estate is limited on a contingency, which might happen within a reasonable compass of time, but where the estate nevertheless, from the nature of the limitation, might be kept out of commerce longer than was thought agreeable to the policy of the common law. But this distinction would not now lead to a better understanding or explanation of the subject; for whether an estate be so limited that it cannot take effect, until a period too much protracted, or whether on a contingency which may happen within a moderate compass of time, it equally falls within the line of perpetuity and the limitation is therefore void; for it is not sufficient that an estate may vest within the time allowed, but the rule requires that it must. Randall on Perp. 49. Vide Cruise, Dig. tit. 32, c. 23; 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 406; 2 Ves. Jr. 357; 3 Saund. 388 h. note; Com. Dig. Chancery, 4 G 1; 3 Chan. Cas. 1; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1890.

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The reader will easily believe, that from what I had hear and seen, my keen appetite for perpetuity of life was much abated.
But if the destruction of the Union by one or by a part only of the States be lawfully possible, the Union is LESS perfect than before the Constitution, having lost the vital element of perpetuity.
One more point in detail: as in the two neighbouring archipelagoes corals flourish in one and not in the other, and as so many conditions before enumerated must affect their existence, it would be an inexplicable fact if, during the changes to which earth, air, and water are subjected, the reef-building corals were to keep alive for perpetuity on any one spot or area.
The old woman had already made her will, and Lizaveta knew of it, and by this will she would not get a farthing; nothing but the movables, chairs and so on; all the money was left to a monastery in the province of N , that prayers might be said for her in perpetuity.
It is an obvious way of tying us in perpetuity into the EU.
Tenders are invited for Acquire the historic Tuscarora Academy from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and maintaining it in perpetuity
She said: "I do question whether civil servants on the highest pay bands should qualify to have their salaries protected in perpetuity.
In her judgment, the judge noted that "the fact they (plaintiffs) submitted a sales contract to the Land Registry did not mean they automatically and in perpetuity have become the 'owners' (as they mean it) of the residence.
468 acre) of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) on lease on perpetuity basis, at a nominal rent of Rupee One only per annum for construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya at Village Chak Manga Rakhwal, Tehsil Samba in Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bill provides two exemption amounts: (1) a complete exemption is granted to "land that is dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes and that is used exclusively for conservation purposes"; and (2) an exemption equal to 50 percent of the land's "assessed value" is granted to "land that is dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes and that is used for allowed commercial uses.
AUBURN - The former medical director of the Boston Red Sox and his wife are holding up a $200,000 payment for the new high school gym because the school board will not allow residents to use the gym in perpetuity as agreed.
But the "war on terror" will continue indefinitely, he adds, meaning that the only rational course, as he sees it, is to promote unrestrained presidential power in perpetuity.