American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of discontinuing or the condition of being discontinued; cessation.
- n. Law Termination of an action by the plaintiff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of discontinuing; cessation; intermission; interruption of continuance.
- n. Want of continued connection or cohesion of parts; solution of continuity; want of union; disruption.
- n. In old English law, the effect of the alienation by a tenant in tail of a larger estate than he was entitled to, followed by the feoffee holding possession after the death of the former. This was said to work a discontinuance of the estate of the heir in tail, because he had no right to enter on the land and turn out the person in possession under deed of feoffment, but had to assert his title by process of law. Sometimes called ouster by discontinuance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of discontinuing, or the state of being discontinued; want of continued connection or continuity; breaking off; cessation; interruption.
- n. A breaking off or interruption of an estate, which happened when an alienation was made by a tenant in tail, or other tenant, seized in right of another, of a larger estate than the tenant was entitled to, whereby the party ousted or injured was driven to his real action, and could not enter. This effect of such alienation is now obviated by statute in both England and the United States.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
“Romilly moved, on behalf of the defendant in equity, that the bill might be dismissed on the ground of this award, as the word discontinuance in suits at law, is analogous to dismissal in equity, and can only be so understood.”
“As long as the world is progressing, wide class distinctions are inevitable; their discontinuance will be a sign that equilibrium has been reached.”
“That's why I kinda agree with Jessica Corry's general assumption about the potential "discontinuance" of the CU journalism school.”
“Jazz, a regional carrier that flies on behalf of Air Canada, filed its "discontinuance" in the case Monday.”
“She said that when the news first came about the set up of a discontinuance committee, both students and parents were upset, but the advisers were able to provide information and assure people.”
“Still, the demands of Egyptian teachers are much more fundamental: a consistent contractual system many work without a contract at all, a discontinuance of merit-based exams and a minimum monthly salary of 3,000 Egyptian pounds.”
“Targeting rural post offices for discontinuance studies clearly violates 39 U.S.C. 101b, which maintains that the USPS is required to provide effective and regular postal service to rural communities.”
“I was definitely saddened by the news a while back of the discontinuance of Polaroids.”
“No statement known to me from any corner of government has broached the idea of a discontinuance of this giveaway.”
“The latest quarter included a $481 million charge stemming from the discontinuance of the Texas nuclear project, while the prior-year included a $63 million loss on mark-to-market and hedging impacts.”
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