Pronunciation: (dis"kun-tin'yOO-uns), [key]
1. the act or state of discontinuing or the state of being discontinued; cessation: the discontinuance of a business.
2. Law.the termination of a suit by the act of the plaintiff, as by notice in writing, or by neglect to take the proper adjournments to keep it pending.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.