continuity

noun
con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce continuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural continuities

Definition of continuity

1a : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union … its disregard of the continuity between means and ends …— Sidney Hook
b : uninterrupted duration or continuation especially without essential change the continuity of the company's management
2 : something that has, exhibits, or provides continuity: such as
a : a script or scenario in the performing arts
b : transitional spoken or musical matter especially for a radio or television program
c : the story and dialogue of a comic strip
3 : the property of being mathematically continuous

Examples of continuity in a Sentence

The art historian is studying the continuities between the painter's works and those of her followers. There's a problem with the movie's continuity.
Recent Examples on the Web If possible, make arrangements for departing leaders to come in for the next three months and be a part of town halls to ensure continuity in thinking. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 In addition, the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. Michael Schneider, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 Indigenous women cuddle their babies, showing the continuity of Native culture. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Nov. 2021 Anyone without at least one vaccine dose will be prohibited from campus on Monday, Oct. 18, potentially disrupting the continuity of classroom education in the nation’s second-largest school system. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Anyone without at least one vaccine dose will be prohibited from campus on Monday, potentially disrupting the continuity of classroom education in the nation’s second-largest school system. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 With most of the same personnel returning, Wade bet the continuity of his 2019 roster would ignite a deep playoff run. James Kay, chicagotribune.com, 10 Oct. 2021 Some municipal mayors see the advantage of allowing continuity of local leadership for an extra year so that goals and projects can be finalized. al, 6 Sep. 2021 Does better health, another year of experience and the continuity of having the same defensive scheme see Wilson become a more consistent player? Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of continuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for continuity

Middle English continuite, borrowed from Anglo-French continuité, borrowed from Latin continuitāt-, continuitās, from continuus continuous + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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“Continuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuity. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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continuity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of continuity

: the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes : a continuous quality
: something that is the same or similar in two or more things and provides a connection between them
: the arrangement of the parts in a story, movie, etc., in a way that is logical

continuity

noun
con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce continuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural continuities

Kids Definition of continuity

: the quality or state of going on without stop the continuity of care

continuity

noun
con·​ti·​nu·​ity | \ ˌkänt-ᵊn-ˈ(y)ü-ət-ē How to pronounce continuity (audio) \
plural continuities

Medical Definition of continuity

: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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