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 for perpetual
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Perpetual \Per*pet"u*al\, a. [OE. perpetuel, F. perp['e]tuel,
     fr. L. perpetualis, fr. perpetuus continuing throughout,
     continuous, fr. perpes, -etis, lasting throughout.]
     Neverceasing; continuing forever or for an unlimited time;
     unfailing; everlasting; continuous.
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           Unto the kingdom of perpetual night.     --Shak.
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           Perpetual feast of nectared sweets.      --Milton.
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     Circle of perpetual apparition, or Circle of perpetual
     occultation. See under Circle.
     Perpetual calendar, a calendar so devised that it may be
        adjusted for any month or year.
     Perpetual curacy (Ch. of Eng.), a curacy in which all the
        tithes are appropriated, and no vicarage is endowed.
     Perpetual motion. See under Motion.
     Perpetual screw. See Endless screw, under Screw.
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     Syn: Continual; unceasing; endless; everlasting; incessant;
          constant; eternal. See Constant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch,
     sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr.
     tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task,
     1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed
        by authority. Specifically: 
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        (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for
            the support of a government.
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                  A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors,
                  proverbially the most rapacious.  --Macaulay.
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        (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon
            polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a
            window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.
     Note: Taxes are annual or perpetual, direct or
           indirect, etc.
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        (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society
            to defray its expenses.
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     2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a
        contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed
        upon a subject.
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     3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy
        tax on time or health.
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     4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
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     5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.
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     Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]
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     Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate;
          assessment; exaction; custom; demand.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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, aeonian, eonian,
             eternal, everlasting, perpetual, unending,
      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, perpetual, unceasing, unremitting]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  184 Moby Thesaurus words for "perpetual":
     abiding, age-long, aged, ageless, all-comprehensive, all-inclusive,
     all-knowing, all-powerful, all-seeing, all-wise, almighty, ancient,
     antique, boundless, ceaseless, changeless, chattering, chronic,
     coeternal, constant, continual, continuing, continuous, countless,
     creating, creative, dateless, diuturnal, durable, endless,
     enduring, eternal, eternally the same, eterne, ever-being,
     ever-durable, ever-during, evergreen, everlasting, everliving,
     exhaustless, extending everywhere, firm, fixed, frozen, glorious,
     good, hallowed, hardy, highest, holy, illimitable, illimited,
     immeasurable, immemorial, immense, immobile, immortal, immutable,
     incalculable, incessant, incomprehensible, indestructible,
     inexhaustible, infinite, infinitely continuous, innumerable,
     intact, interminable, interminate, intransient, invariable,
     inveterate, inviolate, just, lasting, limitless, long-lasting,
     long-lived, long-standing, long-term, longeval, longevous, loving,
     luminous, machine gun, macrobiotic, majestic, making, measureless,
     merciful, never-ceasing, never-ending, no end of, nonstop,
     nonterminating, nonterminous, numinous, of long duration,
     of long standing, olamic, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, one,
     oscillating, perdurable, perduring, perennial, permanent,
     persistent, persisting, pulsating, quiescent, radiant, rapid,
     recurrent, regular, remaining, repeated, repetitive, rigid, sacred,
     sempervirent, sempiternal, shaping, shoreless, solid, sovereign,
     stable, staccato, static, stationary, staying, steadfast, steady,
     stuttering, sumless, supreme, sustained, termless, timeless,
     torpid, tough, ubiquitous, unaltered, unbounded, unbroken,
     unceasing, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unchecked,
     uncircumscribed, undefined, undestroyed, undeviating, unending,
     unfading, unfailing, unfathomable, unintermitted, unintermittent,
     unintermitting, uninterrupted, universal, unlimited, unmeasurable,
     unmeasured, unnumbered, unplumbed, unremitting, unshifting,
     unstopped, untold, unvaried, unvarying, vibrating, vital,
     without bound, without end, without limit, without measure,
     without number

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PERPETUAL. That which is to last without limitation as to time; as, a 
  perpetual statute, which is one without limit as to time, although not 
  expressed to be so. 

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