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[kon-tn-oo-i-tee, -tn-yoo]
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noun, plural con·ti·nu·i·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being continuous.
  2. a continuous or connected whole.
  3. 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.
  4. the spoken part of a radio or television script that serves as introductory or transitional material on a nondramatic program.
  5. Mathematics. the property of a continuous function.
  6. Usually continuities. sets of merchandise, as dinnerware or encyclopedias, given free or sold cheaply by a store to shoppers as a sales promotion.
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Origin of continuity

1375–1425; late Middle English continuite < Anglo-French < Latin continuitās, equivalent to continu(us) continuous + -itās -ity
Related formsnon·con·tin·u·i·ty, noun


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noun plural -ties
  1. logical sequence, cohesion, or connection
  2. a continuous or connected whole
  3. the comprehensive script or scenario of detail and movement in a film or broadcast
  4. 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.

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continuity in Medicine


  1. The state or quality of being continuous.
  2. An uninterrupted succession or flow; a coherent whole.
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