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1A distinct break in physical continuity or sequence in time.‘there is no significant discontinuity between modern and primitive societies’
- ‘From my parents, who serve as a primary reference point, I begin to understand both my uniqueness and universality together with my continuity and discontinuity with the past and the present.’
- ‘To notice both continuity and discontinuity between the texts establishes a model by which continuity and discontinuity between past and future can be recognized, and when necessary encouraged.’
- ‘Vertical lines indicate discontinuities in the time axis’
- ‘We found at least one identifiable discontinuity in all analyses and more than one discontinuity in some.’
- ‘Spot the glaring discontinuity in his story as related in this page.’
- ‘Does a culture that believes something incorrect but positive about its history suffer from breaks or discontinuities, or could the experience for its citizens be a good one?’
- ‘These ‘breaks’ are not conceived as physical discontinuities in the course of events.’
- ‘Yet historical accounts of anti-vaccination campaigns - including this one - reveal more discontinuity than continuity.’
- ‘His remarks on time and space, discontinuity and continuity are revealing.’
- ‘That is, it is necessary to understand both continuity and discontinuity between closely related species.’
- ‘As such, philosophy itself must orientate itself to the continuous discontinuity of the event.’
- ‘Although I suppose the above changes are marked more by continuity than by discontinuity.’
- ‘In the last chapter, the editors pull together a number of themes such as the future of career, continuity and discontinuity in work, meaning making, and power and conflict, all of which were raised by the other contributors.’
- ‘The full range of expression of characters was examined to identify breaks or discontinuities among character states.’
- ‘Yet they may have come across moments when they discovered a profound gap or discontinuity in their supposedly continuous self.’
- ‘Overall, these studies have generally underscored the lack of discontinuity among human groups and the relative homogeneity of the human species.’
- 1.1 A sharp difference of characteristics between parts of something.‘changes in government have resulted in discontinuities in policy’
disconnectedness, disconnection, break, lack of unity, disruption, interruption, lack of coherence, disjointednessView synonyms
- ‘The issue of the Old and the New Second Worlds, the transition from communism to postcommunism, the continuities and discontinuities between them, will be taken up later in this chapter.’
- ‘However, often times than not, parents that relocate to different places due to work opt for boarding schools to remove discontinuities in their child's education.’
- ‘‘If you are running a business, you have to look at the inconsistencies and discontinuities in the market place,’ he said.’
- ‘Under such conditions, the discontinuities are stark.’
- ‘Then there are other contradictions, hypocrisies and discontinuities in foreign policies.’
- ‘The various continuities and discontinuities that are discernible derive from the real changes that are deemed to have taken place.’
- ‘In both cases, the essential question remains the same: is the relation one of continuity or discontinuity?’
- ‘One of the key themes to emerge is a debate over continuity or discontinuity.’
- ‘With all the continuities and discontinuities outlined in our separate chapters, this period was clearly fundamental for the subsequent development of Europe.’
- ‘Institutions, like individuals, tend to prefer stability and continuity over instability and discontinuity.’
- ‘Other readers might find the discussion a bit confusing about how much continuity and discontinuity exists between this world and the new creation.’
- ‘Their whimsical nature, abrupt discontinuities and formal ‘shortcuts’ came across vividly.’
- ‘As they become the subject of disagreement between political parties, there may be sharp discontinuities in policies each time there is a change of government.’
- ‘The risk of obscuring the continuities and discontinuities within a historical period often comes up when one writes about a year coming to an end.’
- ‘Instead what is offered is a sense of the range of representations whilst indicating some continuities and discontinuities in theme and form.’
- ‘The problem is not with the discontinuities imposed by immigration, but with the fragmentation of the self caused by the brutality and horrors of the flight itself.’
- ‘First, research on technological evolution suggests that technological discontinuities may provide an impetus that transforms networks.’
- ‘In their view, the weaknesses of industry lay in lack of access to technology, limited market size, and discontinuities of policies during the postwar era.’
- ‘The underlying issue is one of the continuity or discontinuity of patterns that can help information professionals do their work efficiently and effectively.’
- ‘In the following sections, we re-evaluate the continuity or discontinuity of magnitude and then briefly consider whether events that might be regarded as mass extinctions can be unified by effect or cause.’
- 1.2Mathematics A point at which a function is discontinuous or undefined.
- ‘Another type of discontinuity is one where the value of Y approaches + infinity for some value of X greater than a specified value and - infinity for X less than a certain value.’
- ‘The left figure above illustrates a discontinuity in a one-dimensional function, and the right figure illustrated a discontinuity of a two-dimensional function plotted as a surface.’
- ‘This may be due to the QTL variance being at the boundary of the parameter space, where the maximum-likelihood search algorithm has difficulties due to the discontinuity of the likelihood function.’
- ‘The function has one discontinuity at = 0, and its second derivative has various discontinuities.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin discontinuitas, from discontinuus (see discontinuous).
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