con·ti·nu·i·ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē , -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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Also as part of the grant, the Aurora and Naperville city councils are considering awarding a contract for continuity of operations planning and plans. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora, Naperville continue joint anti-terrorism work," 20 June 2018 Telemedicine can improve continuity of care and help patients keep chronic conditions under control. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "Telemedicine Opening Doors to Specialty Care for Inmates," 1 May 2018 Despite the divorce, there was still a semblance of continuity and security. Patti Safian, Glamour, "My Mom Left Me for the ‘Wild Wild Country’ Cult," 3 Apr. 2018 First and foremost the continuity of it, just doing it for so long. Esther Zuckerman, GQ, "The Americans," 28 Mar. 2018 It's supposed to be about stability and continuity. Anchorage Daily News, "‘There will always be change,’ Trump says as more personnel shake-ups loom," 15 Mar. 2018 At different times this season five A&M players have been suspended, creating issues with rotation continuity and chemistry, while Davis has continued preaching accountability and brotherhood. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Davis a steady influence for up and down A&M," 22 Jan. 2018 But Scotti's holds down the Italian-American traditional end of the category, doing the important job of providing continuity and constancy. Polly Campbell,, "Polly says Scotti's is Cincinnati's Italian-American soul," 2 Mar. 2018 This growing trend of catastrophic storms demands implementing a business continuity plan to combat property damage and income loss. Steven A. Wolf, miamiherald, "Prepare for the aftermath of hurricane season," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of continuity

: the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes : a continuous quality

: 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 , -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 \
plural continuities

Medical Definition of continuity 

: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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