discontinuance
noun Date: 14th century 1. the act or an instance of discontinuing 2. the interruption or termination of a legal action by the plaintiff's not continuing it

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  • Discontinuance — Dis con*tin u*ance, n. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • discontinuance — late 14c., from Anglo French, from O.Fr. discontinuer (see DISCONTINUE (Cf. discontinue)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • discontinuance — [n] stop, suspension of activity adjournment, alternation, cease, cessation, close, closing, desistance, desuetude, discontinuation, disjunction, disruption, ending, finish, intermission, interruption, separation, stopping, termination; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • discontinuance — [dis΄kən tin′yo͞o əns] n. [ME < Anglo Fr: see DISCONTINUE & ANCE] 1. a stopping or being stopped; cessation or interruption 2. Law the stopping of a legal action prior to trial, either voluntarily by the plaintiff or by order of the court …   English World dictionary

  • discontinuance — /dis keuhn tin yooh euhns/, n. 1. the act or state of discontinuing or the state of being discontinued; cessation: the discontinuance of a business. 2. Law. the termination of a suit by the act of the plaintiff, as by notice in writing, or by… …   Universalium

  • discontinuance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of continued connection Nouns discontinuance, discontinuity; disruption; disjunction, disconnection, interruption, letup, break, gap, interval, caesura; broken thread; intermission, half time. Slang …   English dictionary for students

  • discontinuance — /diskantinyuwans/ Ending, causing to cease, ceasing to use, giving up, leaving off. Refers to the termination or abandonment of a project, structure, highway, or the like. The cessation of the proceedings in an action where the plaintiff… …   Black's law dictionary

  • discontinuance — /diskantinyuwans/ Ending, causing to cease, ceasing to use, giving up, leaving off. Refers to the termination or abandonment of a project, structure, highway, or the like. The cessation of the proceedings in an action where the plaintiff… …   Black's law dictionary

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