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[kon-tn-oo-i-tee, -tn-yoo] /ˌkɒn tnˈu ɪ ti, -tnˈyu/
noun, plural continuities.
the state or quality of being continuous.
a continuous or connected whole.
a motion-picture scenario giving the complete action, scenes, etc., in detail and in the order in which they are to be shown on the screen.
the spoken part of a radio or television script that serves as introductory or transitional material on a nondramatic program.
Mathematics. the property of a continuous function.
Usually, continuities. sets of merchandise, as dinnerware or encyclopedias, given free or sold cheaply by a store to shoppers as a sales promotion.
Origin of continuity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English continuite < Anglo-French < Latin continuitās, equivalent to continu(us) continuous + -itās -ity
Related forms
noncontinuity, noun
2. flow, progression. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for continuity
  • Soviet icons were revived not because of their connection with communism but as symbols of stability, continuity and power.
  • And that means linking the past to the present in both continuity and discontinuity.
  • Writing the longer prose work gave her a comforting sense of continuity.
  • The peaked roofs, solid colors, and simple shapes of the birdhouses lend continuity to the design.
  • These amorphous scenes, strung together by a vague continuity, may be art but they are also pretty chaotic.
  • In truth, though, the biggest obstacle to dramatic continuity was our own laughter.
  • There is also a continuity of concerns across the eight decades between the two pieces.
  • In that way, there is continuity from the past to the present.
  • continuity, of course, is the strength of a family business.
  • Unlike the professional game, coaching staff continuity is one of the unique elements of college football.
British Dictionary definitions for continuity


noun (pl) -ties
logical sequence, cohesion, or connection
a continuous or connected whole
the comprehensive script or scenario of detail and movement in a film or broadcast
the continuous projection of a film, using automatic rewind
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Word Origin and History for continuity

early 15c., from Middle French continuité, from Latin continuitatem (nominative continuitas), from continuus (see continue). Cinematographic sense is recorded from 1921, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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continuity in Medicine

continuity con·ti·nu·i·ty (kŏn'tə-nōō'ĭ-tē, -nyōō'-)

  1. The state or quality of being continuous.

  2. An uninterrupted succession or flow; a coherent whole.

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