Other forms: abidingly

Something abiding sticks around, lasting a long time. Abiding is usually used with feelings and memories — as in your abiding love for Elmo.

Abiding comes from the Old English abidan, gebidan meaning "remain, wait, delay, remain behind." It's a word that's typically used to describe a feeling or memory that remains behind or lingers in your mind a while. You can have an abiding faith in God, or an abiding respect for war veterans or an abiding passion. "Law-abiding citizens" are those people who stick strictly to the law. They always use the crosswalk and pay their taxes on time.

Definitions of abiding
  1. adjective
    “an abiding belief”
    synonyms: enduring, imperishable
    lasting, permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
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