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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 of discontinuance
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see dis-1, continuance
Related forms
nondiscontinuance, noun
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  • There is no hint of its discontinuance in the new dispensation.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • But the club, as a club, was not averse to a discontinuance of the present state of things.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He had fully appreciated the discontinuance of the whispers, and was aware of the cause.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • When I read this I tried to think out the reason for the discontinuance.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • They, however, failed to show the discontinuance of the office.

  • On the day before his death he joyfully ordered the discontinuance of the draft.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • For all such the discontinuance of the practice will be almost as difficult as it is desirable.

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
  • We trust that the editor's threat of discontinuance may not be realized.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Something in her manner invited a discontinuance of that particular topic.

    The Pines of Lory

    John Ames Mitchell
  • This drew from me a gentle request for a discontinuance of that experiment.

Word Origin and History for discontinuance
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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