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discontinuance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  highway  or  of  travel. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  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. 
  b  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 
  c  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.  --Wharton's  Law  Dict. 
  Burrill 
 
  Syn:  Cessation;  intermission;  discontinuation;  separation; 
  disunion;  disjunction;  disruption;  break. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discontinuance 
  n  :  the  act  of  discontinuing  [syn:  {discontinuation}]  [ant:  {continuance}, 
  {continuance}] 




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