con·​tin·​u·​ance | \ kən-ˈtin-yü-ən(t)s How to pronounce continuance (audio) \

Definition of continuance

2 : the extent of continuing : duration
3 : the quality of enduring : permanence
4 : an adjournment of a court case to a future day

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Examples of continuance in a Sentence

No changes to the property are allowed during the continuance of the lease. The lawyer asked the judge for a continuance.
Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, the commission voted for a 30-day continuance until its July 6 meeting. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 Hooker-Ortiz is just the start, or maybe a continuance of what’s happening in the Dallas area. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 19 Mar. 2021 Right before the team can make their arguments to get a continuance on their murder case! Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Starr agreed with Saucedo's lawyers that a continuance was required even given the victims' objections. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 Maxwell's lawyers are seeking a continuance of the trial until the fall or winter to allow them time to investigate and prepare for the new allegations. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Attorneys for Lawson sought a continuance in January and again in March, citing concerns about COVID-19 each time. Jim Salter, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 After the Justice Department asked for a continuance, the Cavazos case was extended into April. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 In February, the Justice Department asked the Texas Southern District Court for a continuance in the Cavazos case, citing Biden's proclamation. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of continuance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continuance

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from continuer "to persist, continue" + -ance -ance

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The first known use of continuance was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Continuance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of continuance

: the act of continuing for a long period of time
: the period of time when something continues
US, law : a legal decision that a court case will continue at a later date


con·​tin·​u·​ance | \ kən-ˈtin-yə-wəns How to pronounce continuance (audio) \

Kids Definition of continuance

: the act of going on or lasting for a long time the long continuance of peace


con·​tin·​u·​ance | \ kən-ˈti-nyə-wəns How to pronounce continuance (audio) \

Legal Definition of continuance

: the postponement of the court proceedings in a case to a future day


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