Definition of continuance in English:


Syllabification: con·tin·u·ance
Pronunciation: /kənˈtinyo͞oəns


  • 1 formal The state of remaining in existence or operation: his interests encouraged him to favor the continuance of war
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    • The continuance of existence depends on another Being beyond the human realm.
    • The effectiveness of planning agencies in managing the war led to their continuance in postwar organizations and relationships.
    • I have this right because in small part I am responsible for his existence, its beginning and continuance.
  • 1.1The time for which a situation or action lasts: the trademarks shall be used only during the continuance of this agreement
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    • The United States bears a heavy responsibility for the continuance of this dire situation.
    • The committee wish to thank everyone for the marvellous support in the past and look forward to its continuance in the future.
    • As mentioned earlier, many companies depend upon tape backup for business continuance while neglecting the impact on recovery, should there be a regional disruption.
  • 1.2The state of remaining in a particular position or condition: the king’s ministers depended on his favor for their continuance in office
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    • He also denied that there was discontent brewing among party workers over his continuance in the office.
    • In each case, it seems to be necessary to convince the court that continuance in office of a particular executor, trustee or administrator would be likely to prevent the trust being properly carried out.
    • Thus, it cannot tolerate continuance of a force representing the former conditions.
  • 2 Law A postponement or adjournment: if this man’s testimony is important, I will grant a continuance
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    • Perhaps their attorney has been getting continuances for them.
    • In American justice, all appeals and continuances in a case build upon the initial hearing, so it doesn't surprise me that the Judge was knocking this guy's appeals out left and right.
    • We had 29 continuances before our case was heard.


late Middle English: from Old French, from continuer 'continue', from Latin continuare, from continuus (see continuous).

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