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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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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The first known use of continuity was in the 15th century

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“Continuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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