Meaning of self-perpetuating

self-per•pet•u•at•ing

Pronunciation: (self'pur-pech'-ā"ting, self"-), [key]
— adj.
  1. continuing oneself in office, rank, etc., beyond the normal limit.
  2. capable of indefinite continuation.
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