pur·​su·​ance | \ pər-ˈsü-ən(t)s How to pronounce pursuance (audio) \

Definition of pursuance

: the act of pursuing especially : a carrying out or into effect : prosecution in pursuance of his duties

Examples of pursuance in a Sentence

until recently he has been fully engaged in pursuance of his duties as governor
Recent Examples on the Web Newton police declined to comment Monday, referring all questions to the state attorney general's office, which is investigating Dale's death in pursuance with a state law enacted in January 2019. NBC News, 23 Aug. 2021 She’s one of several transient characters in the film, who — either by choice or by force — have opted to leave a louder kind of life behind in pursuance of something more financially and environmentally sustainable. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 There may also be records of the lawyer’s conduct and statements in pursuance of a criminal scheme, on his own or with the client—none of it privileged. Michael B. Mukasey, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2018 They were both cleared of possession of a firearm in pursuance of a violent crime. Monique Judge, The Root, 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pursuance

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Pursuance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuance. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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