noun (plural discontinuities)[mass noun]
- 1The state of having intervals or gaps; lack of continuity: there is no significant discontinuity between modern and primitive societiesMore example sentences
- From my parents, who serve as a primary reference point, I begin to understand both my uniqueness and universality together with my continuity and discontinuity with the past and the present.
- Yet historical accounts of anti-vaccination campaigns - including this one - reveal more discontinuity than continuity.
- That is, it is necessary to understand both continuity and discontinuity between closely related species.
- 1.1 [count noun] A break in or lack of continuity: changes in government have resulted in discontinuities in policyMore example sentences
- The issue of the Old and the New Second Worlds, the transition from communism to postcommunism, the continuities and discontinuities between them, will be taken up later in this chapter.
- The various continuities and discontinuities that are discernible derive from the real changes that are deemed to have taken place.
- With all the continuities and discontinuities outlined in our separate chapters, this period was clearly fundamental for the subsequent development of Europe.
late 16th century: from medieval Latin discontinuitas, from discontinuus (see discontinuous).