[dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh ns]


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.

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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Examples from the Web for discontinuance

Historical Examples of discontinuance

  • There is no hint of its discontinuance in the new dispensation.


    Calvin Elliott

  • But the club, as a club, was not averse to a discontinuance of the present state of things.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • He had fully appreciated the discontinuance of the whispers, and was aware of the cause.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • When I read this I tried to think out the reason for the discontinuance.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • They, however, failed to show the discontinuance of the office.

Word Origin and History for discontinuance

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper