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  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.
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Origin of continuance

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; see continue, -ance
Related formsnon·con·tin·u·ance, noun

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Related Words for continuance

continuation, constancy, term, run, extension, protraction, permanence, survival, guts, period, vitality, longevity, endurance, perpetuation

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British Dictionary definitions for continuance


  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


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

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