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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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  • There are three reasons for the continuance of this cruel system.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Surely it is by its continuance; by its effect upon the life later.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • 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
  • He promised a continuance of his favors, and admonished them to be grateful.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • 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
  • Hence the continuance of its use upon the Killingworth Railway.

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

  • In the flowing of love, in the adoration of humility, there is no question of continuance.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Many things would tempt us from our allegiance and continuance.

    The Prayers of St. Paul W. H. Griffith Thomas
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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