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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Makes sense, though the continuity between the two will likely not be perfect ... at least, not for season 6. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Marvel's 'Agents of Shield' Season 6 Is Going to Deal With 'Avengers: Endgame'," 6 May 2019 In all likelihood, this is simply a continuity mistake—but those are not super common on Game of Thrones, which is why this is noteworthy. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Did You Spot This Mistake With Dany's Braids on Game of Thrones?," 22 Apr. 2019 The relationship between the planner/adviser and the client is based on years of experience, trust and continuity. WSJ, "Not All Financial Planning Is Created Equal," 15 Apr. 2019 Together, these fashion choices provide a coherent visual narrative of the British royal family, adorably harkening back to previous happy memories, and emphasizing continuity. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Floral Dress Is Shockingly Still Available to Shop," 1 May 2019 Your designer can replicate materials, finishes and other details from the original house into the new addition to maintain continuity. John Inc., Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Address issues before remodeling older homes," 2 Mar. 2018 That will likely lead to a lack of continuity on offense. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "If Jerry Jones opts to trade Dez Bryant, here's where he should look | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 Changes in corporate medicine have clearly interrupted the continuity of the doctor-patient relationship. WSJ, "Costs Convert Hospitals Into One-Stop Shops," 6 Jan. 2019 Stopping political VIPs from leading a response to an attack and disrupting the continuity of governance would certainly be an attractive goal for an adversary. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 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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