|n.||1.||A holding on, or remaining in a particular state; permanence, as of condition, habits, abode, etc.; perseverance; constancy; duration; stay.|
|2.||Uninterrupted succession; continuation; constant renewal; perpetuation; propagation.|
|3.||A holding together; continuity.|
|4.||(Law) The adjournment of the proceedings in a cause from one day, or from one stated term of a court, to another.|
|Noun||1.||continuance - the act of continuing an activity without interruption|
|2.||continuance - the period of time during which something continues|
|3.||continuance - the property of enduring or continuing in time|
CONTINUANCE, practice. The adjournment of a cause from one day to another is
called a continuance, an entry of which is made upon the record.
2. If these continuances are omitted, the cause is thereby discontinued, and the defendant is discharged sine die, (q.v.) without a day, for this term. By his appearance he has obeyed the command of the writ, and, unless he be adjourned over to a certain day, he is no longer bound to attend upon that summons. 3 Bl. Com. 316.
3. Continuances may, however, be entered at any time, and if not entered, the want of them is aided or cured by the appearance of the parties; and Is a discontinuance can never be objected to pendente placito, so after the judgment it is cured by the statute of jeofails[?]. Tidd's Pr. 628, 835.
4. Before the declaration the continuance is by dies datus prece partium; after the declaration and before issue joined, by imparlance; after issue joined and before verdict, by vicecomes non misit breve; and after verdict or demurrer by curia advisare vult. 1 Chit. Pl. 421, n. (p); see Vin. Abr. 454; Bac. Abr. Pleas, &c. P; Bac. Abr. Trial, H.; Com. Dig. Pleader, V. See, as to the origin of continuances, Steph. Pl. 31; 1 Ch. Pr. 778, 779.