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1. The act or an instance of discontinuing or the condition of being discontinued; cessation.
2. Law
a. The plaintiff's failure to proceed in a legal action.
b. The plaintiff's agreement to the dismissal of a legal action.
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(ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əns)

1. the act of discontinuing or the state of being discontinued.
2. the termination of a lawsuit by some act of the plaintiff.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.discontinuance - the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
disfranchisement - the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote
disinheritance - the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit
phase-out - the act or instance of a planned discontinuation
prorogation - discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
dismount - the act of dismounting (a horse or bike etc.)
continuance, continuation - the act of continuing an activity without interruption
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2. The condition of being stopped:
3. A cessation of continuity or regularity:
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References in classic literature ?
The consul-general for Egypt showed me the newspaper paragraph which mentioned the circumstance and mentioned also the discontinuance of the effort and the closing of the office.
Fatigued as she had been by the morning's walk they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of a intercourse renewed after many years' discontinuance.
Its discontinuance may have been due to weariness on Steele's part or, since it was Whig in tone, to a desire to be done with partisan writing; at any rate, two months later, in March, 1711, of Marlborough's victory at Blenheim, secured the favor of the ministers of the day, and throughout almost all the rest of his life he held important political places, some even, thanks to Swift, during the period of Tory dominance.
Something I didn't like, though, was DHM's discontinuance of the distinctive border around their cover art.
The ABC profitability map (potentially after an EVA[TM] adjustment - see January's column in MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING) is used to identify products that are potential candidates for discontinuance. These products are typically the ones that are reported to sell at or near a loss by the ABC system.
The two events for which data has been most readily available are: the discontinuance of a business for any reason; and formal bankruptcy proceedings.
Another fuzzy area concerns the distinction between a "discontinuance" and an actual business failure.
After a period of discontinuance it was reorganized (1880) as Cooper Medical College.
The major reasons for the loss were a 24-per-cent reduction in shipping days for the marine division, the discontinuance of $2.5 million in annual assistance from the federal government for the rail division, and increased interest expense.
without stated term], in which case they cannot dismissed without cause except in extraordinary circumstances in case of Discontinuance of a Unit.' That is to say, after having been anointed by the requisite number of departmental, administrative, and ad hoc committees, and after receiving a letter stating that one's appointment "will continue during the pleasure of the Trustees,' a faculty member can be fired only for "gross inefficiency, habitual and intentional neglect of duty [habitual or intentional neglect is evidently considered acceptable] personal misconduct,' or the abolishment of his or her department.
Muhammad Farhan told reporters that the defence filed the notice of discontinuance of the appeal yesterday.
He sought to tender a copy of the notice of discontinuance said to have been filed by the claimant on May 15 but counsel to the claimant, Oludele Lawrence, said that he was not aware of his client's intention to discontinue the case.