Definition of continuity in English:


Syllabification: con·ti·nu·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntnˈ(y)o͞oətē

noun (plural continuities)

  • 1The unbroken and consistent existence or operation of something over a period of time: pension rights accruing through continuity of employment
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    • The claimants' continuity of employment was unbroken.
    • Emphasizing the unchanging aspects of the topography, he made the case for the unbroken continuity of scriptural history with the living present.
    • The study is designed to provide accurate, consistent data and ensure continuity of collection methods.
  • 1.1A state of stability and the absence of disruption: they have provided the country with a measure of continuity
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    • This strain of conservatism prefers stability to change, continuity to experiment, and the tried to the untried.
    • All of this is characterized by redundant aspects of stability, permanence and continuity.
    • The queen, however, is as constant as the polar star, and it is that continuity, stability and dignity which Britons are now celebrating.
  • 1.2 (often continuity between/with) A connection or line of development with no sharp breaks: they used the same style of masonry to provide continuity between new and old
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    • Of course, there may be continuities between the culture that is the church and the culture in which we find ourselves.
    • This trick of perspective has been undone by the demise of the Cold War and, as a result, the continuities between the 1990s and the pre-Second World War period stand out more sharply.
    • Other books, more often than not written by religious believers, emphasize continuities between the pursuit of theological and scientific truth.
  • 2The maintenance of continuous action and self-consistent detail in the various scenes of a movie or broadcast: [as modifier]: a continuity error
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    • This is the reason for one of the obvious continuity errors in the film.
    • It's a fascinating track that goes into extensive detail about the film's lack of continuity.
    • Levin and Simons argue the opposite: that we don't notice continuity errors in film because we wouldn't notice them in real life, either.
  • 2.1The linking of broadcast items, especially by a spoken commentary.
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    • The BBC Television Service continuity announcers such as Valerie Pitts used these studios to anchor the single channel's programmes.
    • This was seen on the BBC, as Ulster Television would use their continuity announcers to do the same.
    • The adult education programme, religious service or sports outside broadcast would fade from view and the duty continuity announcer appear in vision.


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

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