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[per-soo-uh ns]
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  1. the following or carrying out of some plan, course, injunction, or the like.
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Origin of pursuance

First recorded in 1590–1600; pursue + -ance
Related formsnon·pur·su·ance, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And the linen I shall deposit, in pursuance of your kind hint, cannot be missed.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "You will send them all away," continued Nana in pursuance of her idea.

  • And in pursuance of the policy of conciliation, Andronicus II.

  • Indeed, it was in pursuance of it I have been so persevering in my attempts to see you, madam.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • In pursuance of the great power and trust we have reposed in you.

British Dictionary definitions for pursuance


  1. the carrying out or pursuing of an action, plan, etc
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Word Origin and History for pursuance


1590s, from Middle French poursuiance "act of pursuing," from Old French poursuir (see pursue).

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