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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Irish doctors are also banned from referring women to clinics in the UK, which interrupts the continuity of care. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "'Irish abortions happen; they just don't happen on Irish soil'," 22 May 2018 So there is a new growing demand and continuity of demand. Time, "Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Talks to TIME About the Middle East, Saudi Arabia's Plans and President Trump," 5 Apr. 2018 The one thing in common during all three periods of success at Oak Ridge High was continuity. Chris Hays,, "Coach Clint Johnson hopes to return Oak Ridge to glory," 10 July 2018 That should give our roster some continuity in the future. Shandel Richardson,, "New FAU basketball coach Dusty May complete first recruiting class," 30 June 2018 Spoelstra said there is room for internal improvement, and a key is continuity. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "What did Spoelstra have to say about Whiteside, Wade and the Heat's season? Plenty | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 The word that comes to mind is continuity, a strategy that reflects what Marvel godfather Stan Lee did in his comic books. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Marvel Cinematic Universe, explained.," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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