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 His absence certainly won’t help the Lakers solve their continuity issues. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "LeBron James exits in crunch time with ankle soreness in Lakers’ loss to Raptors," 2 May 2021 Though Black Widow stars a character who is now dead in MCU continuity, The Eternals represents a new beginning. Christian Holub,, "Kevin Feige teases The Eternals’ Sersi: Here's what you should know about Gemma Chan’s character," 1 May 2021 Many of those features are quite reminiscent of Apple’s continuity functionality on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Chris Smith, BGR, "Samsung’s new laptops have one feature that’ll make MacBook users jealous," 28 Apr. 2021 Upstairs, the mood lightens in the airy living room, though Kenza maintained continuity with her tonal palette. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Flashes of Red Electrify This Gray-Toned Harlem Townhouse," 28 Apr. 2021 How much will continuity on the coaching staff and on the roster help Mayfield? Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Did we learn anything about an extension for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday? Hey, Mary Kay!," 27 Apr. 2021 Something round, for continuity and endurance; something sweet, for this would surely be a pleasurable moment; something that spoke of community, for getting each other through it all., "Recipe: Giant break-apart sugar cookies to celebrate gathering for the first time in a long time in person," 27 Apr. 2021 This leads to a churn on the defensive side of the ball that doesn’t happen on offense, where a greater value and appreciation is placed on continuity. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys’ offensive bias is undeniable, but Dallas must use this NFL draft to change its defensive trajectory," 24 Apr. 2021 Despite Steve Harvey’s best efforts to stir up intergenerational beef, the webcast was a showcase of musical continuity across the decades. New York Times, "Verzuz Is One of the Least Toxic Places Online. Here’s Why.," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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