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[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh ns] /kənˈtɪn yu əns/
an act or instance of continuing; continuation:
a continuance of war.
a remaining in the same place, condition, etc.
continuation (def 3).
Law. adjournment of a step in a proceeding to a future day.
Origin of continuance
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French; see continue, -ance
Related forms
noncontinuance, noun
1. persistence, extension, prolongation. Unabridged
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  • Again, there is the constant task of continuance improvement.
  • Two weeks before your trial, request a continuance from the court clerk.
  • The defense sought a continuance to allow time to examine the list, but the trial judge declined.
  • The human specie with a developed imagination has fantasized itself individual and eternal continuance.
  • It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance.
  • Obstacles to the continuance of such enjoyment may be listed in no especial order as follows.
  • Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely.
  • No beginnings of things however small are to be neglected because continuance makes them great.
  • It is only during the continuance of war, however, that the system of funding has this advantage over the other system.
  • There is a fatal recurrence of existence, for life tends ever to create the conditions of its own reincarnation and continuance.
British Dictionary definitions for continuance


the act or state of continuing
the duration of an action, condition, etc
(US) the postponement or adjournment of a legal proceeding
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Word Origin and History for continuance

mid-14c., "a keeping up, a going on," from Old French continuance (13c.), from continuer (see continue).

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