self-perpetuating

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ perpetuating

Adjective[edit]

self-perpetuating (comparative more self-perpetuating, superlative most self-perpetuating)

  1. Causing itself to continue to exist.
    The committee was self-perpetuating: all it did was hold a meeting to decide when the next meeting was, and consume funds to do so.
    It's a self-perpetuating error, now that we've made it, we can't fix it without breaking things that depend on it.