discontinuance love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of discontinuing or the condition of being discontinued; cessation.
  • noun The plaintiff's failure to proceed in a legal action.
  • noun The plaintiff's agreement to the dismissal of a legal action.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of discontinuing; cessation; intermission; interruption of continuance.
  • noun Want of continued connection or cohesion of parts; solution of continuity; want of union; disruption.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of discontinuing, or the state of being discontinued; want of continued connection or continuity; breaking off; cessation; interruption
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The occurrence of something being discontinued; a cessation; an ending.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.