What does the word discontinuance mean?

Usage examples for discontinuance

  1. A deputation from the meeting for free institutions, requested the intercession of the governor with the crown; but he replied, that if the grant of free institutions, and the discontinuance of penal coercion, were connected by one common advocacy, the interests of the colony, of the crown, and of philanthropy, would demand the most serious precaution. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  2. And if the rate ascends, the question of easing it down to suit the discontinuance of prosperity agitating our exchequer- whose demand is for fixity- perplexes us further. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Others object to the discontinuance of the Sunday edition. – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon