pur·​su·​ance pər-ˈsü-ən(t)s How to pronounce pursuance (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pursuance was in 1601

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“Pursuance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuance. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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pur·​su·​ance pər-ˈsü-ən(t)s How to pronounce pursuance (audio)
: the act of pursuing or carrying out
in pursuance of their plans

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