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PERPETUAL Definition & Legal Meaning

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Never ceasing; continuous ; enduring; lasting; unlimited in respect of time; continuing without intermission or interval. See Scanlan v. Crawshaw, 5 Mo. App. 337. Perpetual edict. In Roman law. Originally the term “perpetual” was merely opposed to “occasional” and was used to distinguish the general edicts of the praetors from the special edicts or orders which they issued in their judicial capacity. But under Hadrian the edict was revised by the jurist Julianus, and was republished as a permanent act of legislation. It was then styled “perpetual,” in the sense of being calculated to endure in perpctuum, or until abrogated by competent authority. Aust. Jur. 855.


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