[ dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh ns ]
/ ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əns /


the act or state of discontinuing or the state of being discontinued; cessation: the discontinuance of a business.
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.

Nearby words

  1. disconnected,
  2. disconnection,
  3. disconsolate,
  4. discontent,
  5. discontented,
  6. discontinuation,
  7. discontinuation test,
  8. discontinue,
  9. discontinuity,
  10. discontinuous

Origin of discontinuance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French; see dis-1, continuance

Related formsnon·dis·con·tin·u·ance, noun

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Word Origin and History for discontinuance



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

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