continuity

noun
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.

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Changes in corporate medicine have clearly interrupted the continuity of the doctor-patient relationship. WSJ, "Costs Convert Hospitals Into One-Stop Shops," 6 Jan. 2019 Stopping political VIPs from leading a response to an attack and disrupting the continuity of governance would certainly be an attractive goal for an adversary. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018 The continuity and consistency of the forum helped institutionalize China’s multilateral cooperation with African states. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 The continuity should help Georgia Tech take another step in its offensive development. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Georgia Tech has potential to surprise, is No. 89 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 30 May 2018 Abrams also needed the right blue eyes for continuity. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "What lurks underneath 'Star Wars'' new Chewbacca? A 7-foot-3-inch former basketball player from Finland," 24 May 2018 Besides a history of tough defenses that some say reflect Pittsburgh's hardscrabble reputation, the Steelers also have been known for continuity. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "How much Pittsburgh will fans see in Panthers once David Tepper takes over as owner? | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 Since his car slammed into the wall Sunday afternoon after a restart yesterday, the series ruled that in order to maintain the continuity of the race, the Team Penkse No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Why did IndyCar let teams refuel before restart at Alabama?," 23 Apr. 2018 By playing similar styles in the AHL and NHL, the Coyotes are hoping to forge a continuity between the levels of organization. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes, Tucson Roadrunners are creating a culture together," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of continuity

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

History and Etymology for continuity

see continuous

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continuity

noun

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

continuity

noun
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

continuity

noun
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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