continuance, continuation, continuity
1. Continuance (14c) is much less common than continuation (also 14c). It is used when the context requires the meaning ‘a state of continuing in existence or operation’ (i.e. a fact) rather than ‘the act or an instance of continuing’ (i.e. a process), which calls for continuation. Examples:

• The step-up in the air war might even jeopardize the continuation of the talks themselves —Newsweek, 1972

• Tiering [of dresses] is a continuation of the peasant theme that has been with us for what seems like a long, long time —Detroit Free Press, 1978

• Confusion has arisen about their desperate continuance of the struggle which was manifestly lost —Antonia Fraser, 1988

• The continuance of hunting is the bastion for the defence of every other legitimate country sport —Bristol Evening Post, 2003.

2. Continuity means ‘the state of being continuous’ or (more concretely) ‘an unbroken succession (of a set of events)’:

• Each shipment of wood parts will have a continuity of quality —House and Garden, 1972

• The Homewood is the only substantial prewar modernist house with continuity of occupation and contents —Guardian, 2003.

It has a special meaning in the cinema and broadcasting, denoting the process whereby separate shots or recordings are linked together to form a continuous sequence with consistent details.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • continuation — [ kɔ̃tinɥasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1283; lat. continuatio 1 ♦ Action de continuer qqch. ⇒ poursuite, suite. Se charger de la continuation d une œuvre. Pop. Bonne continuation ! souhait adressé à qqn qui semble se plaire à ce qu il fait, dans sa situation.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • continuation — I (prolongation) noun addition, adherence, adsiduitas, augmentation, continuance, continuatio, extension, lengthening, maintenance, perpetuation, perpetuitas, perseverance, persistence, preservation, protraction, stretching, sustaining,… …   Law dictionary

  • continuation — CONTINUATION. sub. f. L action par laquelle on continue, et la durée de la chose continuée. La continuation d un ouvrage. Il a trouvé beaucoup de difficultés dans la continuation de ce travail. La continuation de la guerre. La continuation des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • continuation — Continuation. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on continuë. La continuation d un ouvrage. dans la continuation d un travail. Il signifie aussi, La chose continuë. La continuation d une muraille. la continuation de Baronius. Il signifie aussi, Suite & …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • continuation — continuation, continuance, continuity are often confused, especially when meaning the quality, the act, or the state of continuing or of being continued or an instance revealing such a quality, action, or state. Continuation suggests prolongation …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Continuation — Con*tin u*a tion, n. [L. continuatio: cf. F. connuation.] 1. That act or state of continuing; the state of being continued; uninterrupted extension or succession; prolongation; propagation. [1913 Webster] Preventing the continuation of the royal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • continuation — Continuation, Assiduitas, Continuatio, Continuitas, Instantia, Tenor. Continuation de guerre, Assiduitas belli. L histoire requiert continuation, suite et entrenement de propos, Historia orbem quendam contextumque desiderat. Continuation de… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • continuation — late 14c., from O.Fr. continuation (13c.), or directly from L. continuationem (nom. continuatio), noun of action from continuat , pp. stem of continuare (see CONTINUE (Cf. continue)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • continuation — [kən tin΄yo͞o ā′shən] n. [ME continuacioun < OFr continuation < L continuatio < pp. of continuere: see CONTINUE] 1. a keeping up or going on without interruption; continued and unbroken existence or action 2. a taking up or beginning… …   English World dictionary

  • Continuation — (v. lat.), 1) die Fortdauer; 2) Fortsetzung, Folge. Continuativ, nach einer Reihenfolge verbunden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Continuation — Continuation, lat., Fortsetzung, Folge; continuirlich, fortdauernd; continuiren, fortsetzen. Continuirliche Größen, in der Mathematik solche, die sich durcheinander nicht gänzlich theilen lassen, weil an ihnen kein Theil der möglich kleinste ist …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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