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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To do that, there had to be a continuity between the various artists. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Meet the Master Muralist Who Inspired Today’s Generation of Paleoartists," 5 June 2019 There seems to be continuity, a culture, that has followed the women’s national team from 1999 to the roster that will be playing in France this summer. Kevin Baxter,, "What made the U.S. women’s World Cup win in 1999 such a pivotal moment?," 3 June 2019 The real newsworthy story may be the exceptional continuity in evangelical public opinion on most issues over time. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 Yet Jurich’s dismissal and the departmental belt-tightening that has followed have created uncertainty where there had been continuity. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Dan McDonnell is 'not looking' - but job rumors persist," 16 May 2018 Instead leaning considerably on young, incoming talent that hasn't proven anything on the collegiate level, there should be some continuity in 2018-19. Michael Casagrande,, "Why Alabama basketball thinks people 'underestimate' next team," 1 May 2018 What the Heat did not have was any continuity with their defensive rotations. Ira Winderman,, "Heat humiliated 122-98 in New York, remain No. 6 in East," 7 Apr. 2018 Brian Schottenheimer served in the role for six years from 2006-11, but there's been little continuity since with Tony Sparano (2012), Marty Mornhinweg (2013-14), Gailey (2015-16) and Morton (2017) all lasting two years or less. USA TODAY, "Jets fire offensive coordinator John Morton after 1 season," 17 Jan. 2018 Makes sense, though the continuity between the two will likely not be perfect ... at least, not for season 6. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Marvel's 'Agents of Shield' Season 6 Is Going to Deal With 'Avengers: Endgame'," 6 May 2019

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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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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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