dis·​con·​tinu·​ance ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yə-wən(t)s How to pronounce discontinuance (audio)
: the act or an instance of discontinuing
: the interruption or termination of a legal action by the plaintiff's not continuing it

Examples of discontinuance in a Sentence

the possible discontinuance of one of the town's big holiday traditions
Recent Examples on the Web Faculty role limited in layoff process UWM has not yet issued a program discontinuance proposal to begin the process but anticipates doing so over the next few weeks, Duria said. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 The plaintiff’s attorney Doug Wigdor filed a notice of discontinuance with prejudice on Feb. 15, permanently dropping the suit. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 Because of an editing error, an article on Friday about the discontinuance of Fruit Stripe gum misstated when gum was introduced. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Members who are no longer eligible for Medicaid will see a referral to healthcare.gov on their discontinuance notice, AHCCCS officials say. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 But the states withdrew the suit from the court in a joint notice of discontinuance filed on Friday night. Chinedu Asadu, ajc, 4 Mar. 2023 The two parties filed a stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice earlier this month, which permanently puts an end to the case. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sep. 2022 Zervos’ attorneys and attorneys for Trump filed a stipulation of discontinuance that offered no explanation for the decision. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 12 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discontinuance was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Discontinuance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinuance. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


dis·​con·​tin·​u·​ance ˌdis-kən-ˈti-nyə-wəns How to pronounce discontinuance (audio)
: the usually voluntary termination of an action by a plaintiff by motion or by failure to pursue the claim
: the abandonment of a property or of a particular use of the property under the zoning laws
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