Definition of discontinuity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsˌkɒntɪˈnjuːəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsˌkɑːntəˈnuːəti//
    (pl. discontinuities) (formal)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of not being continuous discontinuity in the children’s education
  2. 2[countable] a break or change in a continuous process Changes in government led to discontinuities in policy.
  3. opposite continuity
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from medieval Latin discontinuitas, from discontinuus, from dis- ‘not’ + continuus ‘uninterrupted’, from continere ‘hang together’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discontinuity