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discontinuance

[dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh ns] /ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əns/
noun
1.
the act or state of discontinuing or the state of being discontinued; cessation:
the discontinuance of a business.
2.
Law. the termination of a suit by the act of the plaintiff, as by notice in writing, or by neglect to take the proper adjournments to keep it pending.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see dis-1, continuance
Related forms
nondiscontinuance, noun
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Examples from the web for discontinuance
  • Consumers and others need information in these public notices to file comments on a proposed discontinuance.
  • Only the original discontinuance certificate must be submitted for filing.
Word Origin and History for discontinuance
n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French, from Old French discontinuer (see discontinue).

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