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 Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission, long plagued by high staff turnover, received a boost for continuity Thursday. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Committee recommends reappointing Aldrete as director of Fire and Police Commission," 25 June 2020 Students need continuity in attendance to prosper, socio-emotionally and educationally. David Zweig, Wired, "It’s Ridiculous to Treat Schools Like Covid Hot Zones," 24 June 2020 Martha Heller, chief executive of tech-recruiting firm Heller Search Associates, said many companies are leaning on digital capabilities for remote work and other business-continuity tools. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Job Anxiety Spills Into Tech Sector," 24 June 2020 Senegal added that a community will flourish when there's a continuity that exists. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Entrepreneurs buy entire blocks in Fifth Ward to revitalize and bring in black-owned businesses," 16 June 2020 Consistency and continuity were the other pieces of the puzzle in this adjustment period. Lindsey Tramuta,, "Four Ways to Preserve Company Culture as Work From Home Continues," 15 June 2020 With school closures, students of color or from low-income families are grappling with lack of internet access and smart devices making continuity of coursework and access to virtual after-school STEM programs a challenge. Robert Romanzi, Scientific American, "Keeping Schools Closed Next Fall Could Worsen Science's Diversity Problem," 14 June 2020 The historical continuity of game play enables fans to compare player and team performances over time. Popular Science, "Major League Baseball is nearing the era of the robot umpire," 9 June 2020 Taylor Decker is an expert on continuity, or what a lack of it, can mean for an offensive line. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Lions offensive line continuity might be problem in 2020 season," 8 June 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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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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