Definitions of discontinuance

  1. The act of discontinuing, or the state of being discontinued; want of continued connection or continuity; breaking off; cessation; interruption; as, a discontinuance of conversation or intercourse; discontinuance of a highway or of travel. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The termination of an action in practice by the voluntary act of the plaintiff; an entry on the record that the plaintiff discontinues his action. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That technical interruption of the proceedings in pleading in an action, which follows where a defendant does not answer the whole of the plaintiff's declaration, and the plaintiff omits to take judgment for the part unanswered. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A stopping; a breaking off. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Discontinuation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Cessation; interruption. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. The act of discontinuing; interruption; intermission. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Interruption of continuance; ceasing to continue; want of continuity; a breaking off or interruption of possession. Discontinuance of a suit, when a plaintiff leaves a chasm in the proceedings in his case, as by not continuing the process regularly from day to day. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for discontinuance

  1. This position he held until July, 1898. The scope of this department was largely expanded after the death of George William Curtis in the summer of 1892, and the consequent discontinuance of the Editor's Easy Chair. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  2. This has been completed in a satisfactory manner, but owing to the temporary discontinuance of the direct mail steamship service to North Germany, it has not yet been issued to postmasters. – History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America by John Kerr Tiffany