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 Many of those orders could be extended under a broad continuance, administration officials said, though some will receive extra scrutiny. Jenna Carlesso,, "Connecticut lawmakers want to revisit immunity for nursing homes and hospitals in pandemic," 8 Sep. 2020 Bruno likes a deal known as a continuance for dismissal. Maryjo Webster, Star Tribune, "© 2020 StarTribune. All rights reserved.," 26 Sep. 2017 In some new way his limitations are being seen and acknowledged, and at a moment when people are worried about the continuance of their country and their own ability to continue within it. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Week It Went South for Trump," 25 June 2020 Campbell, a Republican who represents Smyth, Carroll and Wythe counties, has largely declined comment on his use of continuances. Washington Post, "Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker," 28 May 2020 The impact of the South’s continuance in the union has reverberated down through the years, including playing a role in the hyper-partisanship that cleaves the country today. oregonlive, "Abraham Lincoln assassinated 155 years ago; the murder still reverberates through U.S. today," 14 Apr. 2020 An attorney for Wohl told the commission in 2017 that Wohl was unable to make his first payment, asking for a four-week continuance. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Two years after ruling, conservative provocateur Jacob Wohl hasn't paid back Arizona investors," 18 May 2020 The attorneys, David McArtor and Adam Thurman accused the judge of not ruling on those decisions and leaving trial dates in place despite their requests for continuances. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court orders Medina County judge to stop holding all in-person, non-emergency hearings during coronavirus pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 Kelly Church, an Ottawa and Pottawatomi artist and educator wove a green and copper egg—a metaphor for new life and fertility—from the fibers of her nation’s forest to emphasize the continuance of cultural teachings and preservation. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Native Women Artists Reclaim Their Narrative," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

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“Continuance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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


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Legal Definition of continuance

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

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