Definition of discontinuity in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˌkɒntɪˈnjuːɪti/

noun (plural discontinuities)

[mass noun]
1The state of having intervals or gaps; lack of continuity: there is no significant discontinuity between modern and primitive societies
More 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 policy
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  • 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.
disconnectedness, disconnection, break, lack of unity, disruption, interruption, lack of coherence, disjointedness


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin discontinuitas, from discontinuus (see discontinuous).

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