Definition of continuance in English:

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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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