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

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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 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, "Trump, Cohen and Attorney-Client Privilege," 17 Apr. 2018 They were both cleared of possession of a firearm in pursuance of a violent crime. Monique Judge, The Root, "2 Baltimore Police Detectives Convicted of Racketeering and Robbery," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pursuance

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pursuance was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Pursuance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuance. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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