continuity

noun
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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The small percentage of adoptions that occur across state lines are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, a nearly 60-year-old agreement intended to ensure continuity of care. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 The small percentage of adoptions that occur across state lines are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, a nearly 60-year-old agreement intended to ensure continuity of care. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 The small percentage of adoptions that occur across state lines are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, a nearly 60-year-old agreement intended to ensure continuity of care. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 This continuity—while imperfect (see Packers running back Ty Montgomery, whom the league inexplicably allows to wear No. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Script supervisors are typically in charge of ensuring continuity between shots and keeping meticulous records of each shot. David Ng, latimes.com, "Female-dominated Hollywood crafts jobs see gender bias, according to new study," 7 June 2018 The Cuban government selected 58-year-old Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate to succeed Castro in April in a transition aimed at ensuring the continuity of the country’s single-party system. Fox News, "Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies," 1 May 2018 Marsh has his eyes on the players most likely to make the 2019 varsity roster, but having 41 players under the same umbrella this summer helps build program-wide continuity. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield baseball focused on development during summer schedule," 9 July 2018 This will be an expensive public service demanding a professional cadre and continuity—the kind of job that the militaries of global powers typically take on for the global good and to futher their own interests. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 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

: 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, -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 \
plural continuities

Medical Definition of continuity 

: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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