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.

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But there is an equal commitment, both said, to including the Graybill and Arch names to keep continuity with existing patients who, in Graybill’s case, have in some cases been working with the company across multiple generations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Affiliation deal in the works for one of region’s oldest medical groups," 17 July 2019 To maintain continuity with what had come before, if nothing else.) Samson: My job is pretty much the same, still. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Critical Role': Inside the Comic Spinoff 'Vox Machina Origins II'," 8 July 2019 But Palestine simply has no continuity over four thousand years. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Many Lives of Palestine," 18 Apr. 2019 This continuity of human folly across the centuries is simultaneously surprising and reassuring. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 The German Kriegsmarine had long been allowed to claim for itself a relatively clean record, and the U-boat fleet in particular was subject to mythification and lionization that had carried over with shocking continuity from Nazi propaganda. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 Can South Florida’s continuity get the Bulls into the tournament? Caleb Friedman,, "AAC Offseason Report: Power Rankings and Burning Questions for 2019–20," 18 June 2019 That’s remarkable continuity in the world of country clubs. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Low-key Rocco Baldelli has just the right touch for Twins," 15 June 2019 DC Comics boasts a deep and rich canon of characters, but many of their weirder heroes have been sidelined in recent years thanks to streamlining continuity reboots like The New 52 and DC Rebirth. Christian Holub,, "Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium comic will resurrect DC's futuristic super-team," 13 June 2019

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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
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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