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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His campaign has not released many specifics beyond that, but a continuance of his rightward lean on social spending and defense is probably to be expected. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Your guide to the Republicans challenging Trump in the 2020 presidential race," 28 Aug. 2019 The judge declined to issue a continuance, so the case was dismissed without prejudice. Carol Robinson |, al, "Student sex charge against ex-Alabama teacher dismissed after student refused to testify," 20 Aug. 2019 To leave the religion threatens the group’s continuance, its form, its identity, its very Truth. Amber Scorah,, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 The play concerns her spectral efforts to assure the continuance of her Catholic line by getting Mary (Shannon Taylor, excellent) to kill a couple of Protestant rivals: the dashing Bess and the naïve Lady Jane Grey. New York Times, "At the Stratford Festival, Sexual Power and Paranoia," 22 July 2019 Johnson was to have appeared in Washington County District Court on Friday, but a judge on Thursday granted a continuance until late August. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Hundreds gather to remember MN corrections officer killed by inmate last year," 18 July 2019 Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Marchal granted a motion for continuance. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Trial of Indianapolis mother charged in baby's freezing death rescheduled," 24 May 2017 Three Jewish groups, in particular — the Orthodox Union, the Jewish Federations of North America and Agudath Israel of America — helped launch the program in 2005 and have led lobbying for its continuance. Ron Kampeas,, "Congress takes steps to increase security funding for nonprofits," 12 June 2019 If that argument fails to sway the federal court, Vallejo is also seeking a six-month continuance on the deadline to file certain motions in the case. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo seeks to delay federal lawsuit case against police officers," 6 June 2019

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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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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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readily or continually undergoing change

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