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

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 But even without everything the tribes asked for, the newest provisions and continuance of earlier ones were welcome news. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 Owners of the first property discussed, located in the 300 block of West U.S. 30 in Valparaiso, requested and received a continuance to Sept. 8 after promising to clean up the property and secure the structures so wild animals cannot enter. Shelley Jones, Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2022 The board agreed to the continuance after suspending Stern’s license. Kate Farrish, Hartford Courant, 21 June 2022 The motion said that Connolly had no objection to a continuance being granted. Paul Gattis |, al, 2 June 2022 The 15-year-old girl appeared in court Wednesday and asked for a trial, while her lawyer asked for a continuance, WKMG reported. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Most recently, Phillips filed a motion of continuance Monday. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 3 Mar. 2022 But Mosby asked for a continuance in April, which Griggsby granted. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 23 May 2022 Ball said the overtime deficit would be offset by savings from salaries and fringe benefits, as well as additional revenues from the unbudgeted continuance of providing emergency room security for Froedtert Hospital. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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“Continuance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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