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 There was more continuity between the two administrations than the NatCons might like to acknowledge. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 In football as in most endeavors, complexity works best where there is continuity. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Music City Bowl is just the beginning for Louisville football's journey with Satterfield," 29 Dec. 2019 For more than 150 years, the leaders and directors at Sandy Spring Bank have always prioritized the stewardship of the organization and the continuity of our culture. Christopher Dinsmore,, "Large Business Leader (tie): Dan Schrider, Sandy Spring Bank," 5 Dec. 2019 LaPara also mentioned Lindahl’s staff, from director JT Bruett to the continuity in its advisors and its abundance of tutors, plus the importance placed on academics by Athletics Director Mark Coyle and each team’s coaches. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Gophers setting academic success records, but how does grade inflation factor in?," 1 Nov. 2019 When elected, Clinton chose to keep Daniel Goldin, Republican president George H.W. Bush’s NASA administrator, in charge of the US space agency, underscoring the bipartisan continuity of space policy. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Impeachment is threatening to derail Trump’s mission to the moon," 21 Oct. 2019 There needs to be a stronger argument than simple continuity, especially when the coach has continued to make major in-game mistakes late in the season. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Will the Cleveland Browns fire Freddie Kitchens? Here’s my guess...," 28 Dec. 2019 Crisis was originally conceived as a way for DC Comics to clean up its then-convoluted continuity, which was rife with too many parallel worlds, alternate timelines, and doppelgängers that intimidated potential new readers. Chancellor Agard,, "'Crisis on Infinite Earths' boss talks Oliver's fate, Kara-Kate's 'deeper' dynamic, and more," 5 Dec. 2019 Gould pointed to a lack of continuity for some issues. Eric Branch,, "What happened to 49ers’ Mr. Automatic?," 6 Dec. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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