Definition of continuance in English:



  • 1formal The state of remaining in existence or operation.

    ‘his interests encouraged him to favor the continuance of war’
    • ‘In a truly participatory democratic society, an educated and skilled population is essential to its continuance.’
    • ‘The continuance of the South-East's competitive advantage continues to act as a magnet for both firms and skilled individuals.’
    • ‘Instead we can only hope that the odd fleeting moment of inspiration surfaces on what is destined to be an increasingly irrelevant continuance.’
    • ‘And like a young woman, the idea of a trade union was sexy, alluring and necessary for continuance of the worker state.’
    • ‘Sadly, given all the real-life examples of devastating data loss, many companies still have not learned the lesson about data disasters and business continuance.’
    • ‘Business continuance focuses on the timely resumption of business operations, which is dependent on access to critical data and applications within a reasonable time frame.’
    • ‘For her, continuance of her government is not important but the implementation of her agenda.’
    • ‘If it finds closure of these schools impossible, it can allow continuance of a few deserving ones with due recognition and ask the remaining to close shop.’
    • ‘The first indication of governance would be in the initiation or continuance of policies on infrastructure.’
    • ‘What is required are those values that establish stability and continuance and ensure enhancement of complex constructs of relativer life durations.’
    • ‘The continuance of existence depends on another Being beyond the human realm.’
    • ‘The continuance of proxy voting in the French chamber of deputies for 35 years after it was banned by the 1958 Constitution is another of many examples.’
    • ‘The question is control over borders and continuance of territory.’
    • ‘We are trying to resolve the issues to try to ensure further continuance of a major company.’
    • ‘Growing numbers believe that these humanist aspirations are essential for the well-being and continuance of our species.’
    • ‘India is at a very crucial crossroads and only courageous adherence to the letter and spirit of its constitution will ensure its continuance as a time-tested secular democratic Republic.’
    • ‘Well, putting an end to any uncertainty about the band's continuance, they are back with a new album and a new lease on life.’
    • ‘The effectiveness of planning agencies in managing the war led to their continuance in postwar organizations and relationships.’
    • ‘My paintings and ceramics come from research on India's cynical notion of time and continuance.’
    • ‘I have this right because in small part I am responsible for his existence, its beginning and continuance.’
    continuation, carrying on, prolongation, protraction
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    1. 1.1The time for which a situation or action lasts.
      ‘the trademarks shall be used only during the continuance of this agreement’
      • ‘Welty's leadership has been critical to the program's creation - and its continuance.’
      • ‘The committee wish to thank everyone for the marvellous support in the past and look forward to its continuance in the future.’
      • ‘Results show the very strong influence of friendships on tobacco initiation and continuance among this national sample of adolescents.’
      • ‘How do you maintain high-speed access to current corporate information while you protect and secure business continuance with little or no downtime?’
      • ‘Business continuance is a critical function that organizations are facing.’
      • ‘He recognised their role in defending the nationalists and he saw their continuance in the long term as yet another string to his negotiating bow with London.’
      • ‘The continuance of a free and unfettered press is of critical importance to a free and democratic society.’
      • ‘To address the current business continuance demands, a new data availability and file recovery model is needed.’
      • ‘As mentioned earlier, many companies depend upon tape backup for business continuance while neglecting the impact on recovery, should there be a regional disruption.’
      • ‘Appealing to both forces, we ascribe interruption to perceptions and continuance to objects.’
      • ‘In addition, massive data volume growth is increasing the importance of near-line and off-line storage for disaster recovery and business continuance.’
      • ‘This is a trend which likely reflected the growth and continuance of an episodic high-risk form of drinking.’
      • ‘The associative series gives form to and foregrounds the idea of continuance, embodying the way the past inheres in and deforms the present.’
      • ‘Affective commitment has been shown to have a positive impact on prosocial behaviours while continuance commitment undermines prosocial behaviours.’
      • ‘The United States bears a heavy responsibility for the continuance of this dire situation.’
      • ‘An organization's ability to access its archived data instantly is crucial to business continuance and, hence, the storage-network design.’
      • ‘After 1945, and even after the regulations of 1948 came into force, the threat was for some years obscured by the continuance of wartime controls over the metals of which the plates are made.’
      • ‘Basque culture underwent a revival in the late 19th century, which ensured its continuance into the 20th century.’
      • ‘Consistent testing of business continuance processes is also critical to evaluating compliance.’
      • ‘I see them all as they were in those days and perhaps that conveys upon them, at least for my lifetime, a kind of continuance.’
      duration, period, term
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    2. 1.2The state of remaining in a particular position or condition.
      ‘the king's ministers depended on his favor for their continuance in office’
      • ‘He also denied that there was discontent brewing among party workers over his continuance in the office.’
      • ‘Thus, it cannot tolerate continuance of a force representing the former conditions.’
      • ‘Nor with some bizarre notion that the bishops must continue in their offices merely for the sake of continuance.’
      • ‘Like a country evangelical church, the first courthouse encouraged the growth and continuance of a local patriarchal community.’
      • ‘In each case, it seems to be necessary to convince the court that continuance in office of a particular executor, trustee or administrator would be likely to prevent the trust being properly carried out.’
  • 2Law
    A postponement or adjournment.

    ‘if this man's testimony is important, I will grant a continuance’
    • ‘He asked for and was granted a continuance, and the issue would be revisited at a later date.’
    • ‘In American justice, all appeals and continuances in a case build upon the initial hearing, so it doesn't surprise me that the Judge was knocking this guy's appeals out left and right.’
    • ‘We had 29 continuances before our case was heard.’
    • ‘Perhaps their attorney has been getting continuances for them.’
    • ‘Most judges would grant a trial continuance under those circumstances to avoid prejudice to either side.’
    deferral, deferment, delay, putting back, putting off, rescheduling, adjournment, shelving, suspension
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from continuer continue from Latin continuare, from continuus (see continuous).