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 Recent revisionist work on the English Reformation has emphasized its conservatism: A drive for continuity often trumped impulses for sudden change. Crawford Gribben, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Instead, the doors slide in so that the space becomes a sleek extension of the kitchen, whose cabinetry Ramchandani ran all the way into the adjacent entry for continuity. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 15 Apr. 2022 Falbo's hope for continuity at the university, however, comes after years of instability in the chancellor's office. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2022 Now, that vaunted depth is dinged just a little bit, this in a spring during which Bellinger is again searching for continuity with a swing that produced the 2019 NL MVP award. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 But that would make little sense for the MCU continuity. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Mar. 2022 The basement combined the laundry room and a separate arrival area while individual cells were built offsite and matched for continuity. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2022 On Monday morning, Biden formally announced his intent to nominate Powell to a second four-year term, opting for continuity at an uncertain moment. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 The prior set-up of three-year board terms created its own set of issues, not the least of which was the potential for a complete board turn-over and loss of continuity. Amy Zavatto, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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

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: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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