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continuance

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh ns] /kənˈtɪn yu əns/
noun
1.
an act or instance of continuing; continuation:
a continuance of war.
2.
a remaining in the same place, condition, etc.
3.
continuation (def 3).
4.
Law. adjournment of a step in a proceeding to a future day.
Origin of continuance
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French; see continue, -ance
Related forms
noncontinuance, noun
Synonyms
1. persistence, extension, prolongation.
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  • There are three reasons for the continuance of this cruel system.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The alarm as to the continuance of the Union was general and great.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Of its enormity I have already spoken; but what about its origin, its uses, and its continuance?

    The Ascent of the Soul Amory H. Bradford
  • There was no question with them of a continuance of the immediate personality after death.

  • France could hope for little profit from a continuance of (p. 415) the war, and England had everything to gain by its conclusion.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • A continuance of the Republican control of Congress was assured at the same time.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The nobilitie neyther desyres my honour nor continuance; for thei wold nott rydd a myle for my pleasur to follow my ennemyes.

  • The only reason for its continuance is that its successor may succeed.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Many things would tempt us from our allegiance and continuance.

    The Prayers of St. Paul W. H. Griffith Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for continuance

continuance

/kənˈtɪnjʊəns/
noun
1.
the act or state of continuing
2.
the duration of an action, condition, etc
3.
(US) the postponement or adjournment of a legal proceeding
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Word Origin and History for continuance
n.

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

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