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.

Origin of continuance

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

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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).

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