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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Since Dior’s death in 1957, six succeeding couturiers, in unbroken continuity, have evolved his historic House, reimagining and reinvigorating its founder’s iconic silhouettes. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Burbank and Burroughs voted against the biggest challenge to league continuity in 2013 when Crescenta Valley’s bid to leave the Pacific League and join the Rio Hondo League was shot down. Andrew J. Campa,, "Bertram, Madrigal to represent Burbank, Burroughs in Pacific League," 27 June 2018 But the Rams would rather swing big than settle for taking baby steps while banking primarily on continuity. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Rams betting stars will align despite adding so many big personalities to roster," 27 Mar. 2018 What the de Menil houses had in common, in addition to an aesthetic continuity, was that they were designed for work as much as for living. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 Much of Oregon's struggles this season can be blamed on continuity. Tyson Alger,, "KenPom's continuity numbers help explain Oregon Ducks' struggles," 8 Jan. 2018 Finally, a right to psychological continuity might preserve people's mental life from external alteration by third parties. Marcello Ienca, Scientific American, "Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty," 1 Aug. 2017 This public-facing space is adorned with large windows at both ends to further bring a sort of continuity with the public space around it, in addition to brightening up the home itself. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This house in Tokyo brings the street inside—literally," 14 Aug. 2018 By working together with those developers to take a single floor off the regular rental market—for exclusive Guild use—the team can ensure that everything is up to its standards and design continuity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Guild Is Putting Luxury Hotel Rooms in Apartment Buildings," 9 Oct. 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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