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.

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Temple's attorney, Stanley Schneider, has simultaneously demanded a speedy trial and refused to agree to continuances while burying prosecutors in motions to have the case dismissed and writs to have Temple declared innocent. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "David Temple, the Alief football coach whose murder conviction was overturned, back in court," 3 May 2018 That cannot happen with the continuance of the mandatory vow of celibacy. WSJ, "Deal With the Priests Who Molest the Young," 25 Jan. 2019 Luckily, the judge granted a continuance that day in court to give Layla an opportunity to try to find an attorney. Lauren Blodgett, Glamour, "I Represent Migrant Children in Immigration Court. This Is What It's Like.," 26 July 2018 Its continuance as precedent demeans the lives of homosexual persons. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Justice Kennedy’s Biggest Moments," 28 June 2018 Ellis has not ruled on the Virginia continuance or the change of venue. Rachel Weiner,, "Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has 'VIP' treatment," 11 July 2018 Sometimes, continuances are requested because the immigrant in question is also involved in another legal proceeding that’s relevant to the case. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is exerting unprecedented control over immigration courts — by ruling on cases himself," 21 May 2018 But on Tuesday, a U.S. Magistrate Judge granted a continuance until June 21. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Case of Mesa ammo dealer who sold to Las Vegas shooter remains in limbo," 16 May 2018 The judge temporarily presiding over a brief hearing on the case Wednesday agreed to a defense request for a continuance and scheduled another status conference for Sept. 26. David Fleshler,, "Broward Health leadership trial still months off," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of continuance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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