The adjournment or postponement of a session, hearing, trial, or other proceeding to a subsequent day or time; usually on the request or motion of one of the parties. Also the entry of a continuance made upon the record of the court, for the purpose of formally evidencing the postponement, or of connecting the parts of the record so as to make one continuous whole
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  • continuance — mid 14c., a keeping up, a going on, from O.Fr. continuance (13c.), from continuer (see CONTINUE (Cf. continue)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • continuance — *continuation, continuity Analogous words: endurance, persistence, lasting (see corresponding verbs at CONTINUE): perseverance, persistence (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): remaining, staying, tarrying (see STAY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • continuance — [kən tin′yo͞o əns] n. [OFr: see CONTINUE] 1. the act or process of continuing, or lasting 2. the time during which an action, process, or state lasts; duration 3. the fact of remaining (in a place or condition); stay 4. Rare continuation; sequel… …   English World dictionary

  • Continuance — In American procedural law, a continuance is the postponement of a hearing, trial, or other scheduled court proceeding at the request of either or both parties in the dispute, or by the judge sua sponte. In response to delays in bringing cases to …   Wikipedia

  • continuance — n. adjournment (legal) (AE) to grant a continuance * * * [kən tɪnjʊəns] [ adjournment ] (legal) (AE) to grant a continuance …   Combinatory dictionary

  • continuance — [[t]kəntɪ̱njuəns[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu with poss The continuance of something is its continuation. [FORMAL] ...thus ensuring the continuance of the human species. Syn: continuation …   English dictionary

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