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

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 Also, continuity of care for young children may be impacted if a parent changes jobs. Isabelle Hau, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The goal is to bring continuity of care for a population notoriously difficult to keep in treatment for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and mental illness. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 Meanwhile Cara Callahan, a continuity of care patient navigator at the Planned Parenthood league, said in the union’s statement that the vote was a victory for working people. Globe Staff,, 8 July 2022 Few ‘90s alternative rock bands enjoyed the continuity of creative flow in the ‘00s like The Muffs. Ron Hart, SPIN, 17 June 2022 When stay-at-home orders went into place and addiction recovery centers closed across the country, telehealth served as a bridge to continuity of care. Tasnim Ahmed, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Today, the garage is underused, and the vacant Lee Road parcel constitutes a 280-foot-long hole in the continuity of businesses along Lee Road between Tullamore Road Meadowbrook Boulevard. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 In addition, retention of teaching talent contributes to our children's continuity of learning as teachers grow together with the district. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2022 It’s the continuity of digging that will really provide results. Carrie Brownstein, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce continuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural continuities

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: 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

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