continuity

Continuity has to do with how things happen over time: if there aren't any bumps or breaks and everything goes on continuously, then there's continuity.

Continuity has to do with consistency. If you have the same Spanish teacher for several semesters, that's great continuity. If you have five different teachers in one year, that's awful continuity. In TV and movies, continuity involves keeping the plot and characters consistent from one scene to the next. It drives fans crazy when a character is allergic to peanuts in one episode, and then eats a peanut butter sandwich in the next one.

Definitions of continuity
  1. noun
    uninterrupted connection or union
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    Antonyms:
    discontinuity
    lack of connection or continuity
    type of:
    coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness
    the state of cohering or sticking together
  2. noun
    the property of a continuous and connected period of time
    synonyms: persistence
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    type of:
    durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength
    permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force
  3. noun
    a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot
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    type of:
    book, playscript, script
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
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