continuity

noun
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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By playing similar styles in the AHL and NHL, the Coyotes are hoping to forge a continuity between the levels of organization. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes, Tucson Roadrunners are creating a culture together," 13 Mar. 2018 Samsung also highlighted the Tab S5e’s ability to sync with your Galaxy phone for call and message continuity. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has an OLED screen, Android Pie and no S Pen for $400," 15 Feb. 2019 The State Department, which seemed to be going to pot under Rex Tillerson, is likely to see morale pick up under Mr Pompeo; the Pentagon provides continuity. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 The content is important, and the design does a good job of providing a continuity in its foundation. USA TODAY, "Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lead 2017 USA TODAY Network journalism awards," 7 Mar. 2018 Lee joins Haruhiko Kuroda in neighboring Japan in providing continuity in a year of leadership changes at other central banks, including the Fed and Taiwan’s central bank. Bloomberg.com, "Bank of Korea's Lee Gets New Term in Year of Rising Challenges," 2 Mar. 2018 One possible compromise between the U.S. and Europe would involve leaving her as the bank’s CEO, acting as a force of continuity under a new American president. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Contemplates Appointing First Female President of World Bank," 24 Jan. 2019 The issues with Crimes come from Rowling’s desire to appeal to fans by referencing the previous Potter films at the expense of continuity and plot. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 Because Republicanism is a wrecking ball against any kind of balance or continuity in our society. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 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
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

continuity

noun
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

continuity

noun
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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