con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce continuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural continuities

Definition of continuity

1a : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union … its disregard of the continuity between means and ends …— Sidney Hook
b : uninterrupted duration or continuation especially without essential change the continuity of the company's management
2 : something that has, exhibits, or provides continuity: such as
a : a script or scenario in the performing arts
b : transitional spoken or musical matter especially for a radio or television program
c : the story and dialogue of a comic strip
3 : the property of being mathematically continuous

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Examples of continuity in a Sentence

The art historian is studying the continuities between the painter's works and those of her followers. There's a problem with the movie's continuity.
Recent Examples on the Web Even so, the continuity in the Towson client’s relationship with a counselor has meant that weekly therapy sessions are no longer needed. Nelson Coffin,, "Pandemic paradigm: Local mental health therapists, clients adapt to new dynamic," 1 Mar. 2021 Online identity verification solutions can be used to extend online classes to more students and enable continuity of academic programs. Roberto Colecchia, Forbes, "How Identity Verification Can Help U.S. Colleges Weather The COVID Pandemic," 1 Mar. 2021 Loki seems not to be the Loki who got killed in the mainline continuity. Adam Rogers, Wired, "WandaVision Brought the Multiverse to Marvel," 11 Feb. 2021 This helps provide a certain continuity of appearance through the year. Dan Gill,, "Running on New Orleans time: For local trees, it's the fall-color season," 16 Dec. 2020 But for 2021, the continuity of the coaching staff can only provide stability for the current roster. Dallas News, "3 reasons why Texas could be better in 2021: Longhorns return fierce run game," 14 Dec. 2020 In this sense, there was an unbroken continuity between father and son, yet, in other ways, Ma wrestled with finding an authentic relationship to his own success. Jeremy Eichler,, "Music’s first responder: How Yo-Yo Ma answered the pandemic’s call and consoled a reeling nation," 27 Jan. 2021 Adeyemo signaled on Tuesday there could be some continuity on this issue with the Trump administration. Jenny Leonard,, "Biden’s Crisis-Tested Economy Team Charged with Driving Recovery," 1 Dec. 2020 With only limited Covid-19 doses available across the US, members of Congress have been prioritized for inoculation in an effort to maintain governmental continuity on Capitol Hill. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The momentum behind Biden's climate ambitions," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of continuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for continuity

Middle English continuite, borrowed from Anglo-French continuité, borrowed from Latin continuitāt-, continuitās, from continuus continuous + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of continuity was in the 15th century

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“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of continuity

: the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes : a continuous quality
formal : something that is the same or similar in two or more things and provides a connection between them
: the arrangement of the parts in a story, movie, etc., in a way that is logical


con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce continuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural continuities

Kids Definition of continuity

: the quality or state of going on without stop the continuity of care


con·​ti·​nu·​ity | \ ˌkänt-ᵊn-ˈ(y)ü-ət-ē How to pronounce continuity (audio) \
plural continuities

Medical Definition of continuity

: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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