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
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.
Syn. -- Cessation; intermission; discontinuation;
separation; disunion; disjunction; disruption; break.