[ kuhn-tin-yoo-uhns ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu əns /


an act or instance of continuing; continuation: a continuance of war.
a remaining in the same place, condition, etc.
Law. adjournment of a step in a proceeding to a future day.

Nearby words

  1. contingent fee,
  2. contingent liability,
  3. contingent worker,
  4. continual,
  5. continually,
  6. continuant,
  7. continuate,
  8. continuation,
  9. continuation school,
  10. continuative

Origin of continuance

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; see continue, -ance

Related formsnon·con·tin·u·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for continuance


/ (kənˈtɪnjʊəns) /


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