dis·​con·​tinu·​ance | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yə-wən(t)s How to pronounce discontinuance (audio) , -yü-ən(t)s\

Definition of discontinuance

1 : the act or an instance of discontinuing
2 : the interruption or termination of a legal action by the plaintiff's not continuing it

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Examples of discontinuance in a Sentence

the possible discontinuance of one of the town's big holiday traditions

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The decision encompasses a discontinuance of research conducted internally at the National Institutes of Healthusing fetal tissue from elective abortions. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Bowing to anti-abortion lobby, Trump terminates crucial UCSF research contract," 5 June 2019 There's a discontinuance with the previous governance. USA TODAY, "Fabbricini named emergency leader of Italy soccer federation," 1 Feb. 2018 Furthermore, LARCs are used by a small percentage of women and have a high discontinuance rate. Michael J. New, National Review, "Trump’s Contraception Order Is Based on Sound Science," 18 Oct. 2017 The ruling came under a common law doctrine known as abatement ab initio, which results in the dismissal or the discontinuance of a conviction when a defendant dies before an appeal can be made. Luke O'neil, Esquire, "Legal Experts Explain This Strange New Twist in the Aaron Hernandez Saga," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of discontinuance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dis·​con·​tin·​u·​ance | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈti-nyə-wəns How to pronounce discontinuance (audio) \

Legal Definition of discontinuance

1 : the usually voluntary termination of an action by a plaintiff by motion or by failure to pursue the claim
2 : the abandonment of a property or of a particular use of the property under the zoning laws

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