Definition of continual
1 : continuing indefinitely in time without interruption continual fear
2 : recurring in steady usually rapid succession a history of continual invasions
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Examples of continual in a Sentence
This week we experienced days of continual sunshine.
The country has been in a continual state of war since it began fighting for its independence.
The continual interruptions by the student were annoying the teacher.
Recent Examples of continual from the Web
Dr. Tong is utterly broken down on a day she's met with continual failure as a crisis unfolds in the hospital.
This is an intentional occupation of black and brown communities; a continual profiteering from generational poverty inflicted by a white supremacist capitalist society.
The more modest an income, the more energy costs can be a continual, but unpredictable stress, a drain on cash flow that siphons income from other spending.
Walmart and Target so far have avoided Kmart's fate by making continual investments in their stores, product lines and business strategies, according to Perkins.
This latest West Wing drama unfolds against the continual prospect of a wider staff shake-up, which has hung over the White House for weeks.
The Goats and Sea Dogs were rained out Friday night and will play a doubleheader Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Omar Carrizales, the Yard Goats' 22-year-old center fielder, is in a continual search for balance.
However, continual vacancies, especially near the village green area of the complex, are on ongoing issue.
This is a continual source of debate in the information security community.
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Did You Know?
Since the mid-19th century, many grammarians have drawn a distinction between continual and continuous. Continual should only mean "occurring at regular intervals," they insist, whereas continuous should be used to mean "continuing without interruption." This distinction overlooks the fact that continual is the older word and was used with both meanings for centuries before continuous appeared on the scene. The prescribed sense of continuous became established only in the 19th century, and it never succeeded in completely driving out the equivalent sense of continual. Today, continual is the more likely of the two to mean "recurring," but it also continues to be used, as it has been since the 14th century, with the meaning "continuing without interruption."
Origin and Etymology of continual
Middle English, from Anglo-French continuel, from Latin continuus continuous
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of continual
CONTINUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of continual for English Language Learners
: happening without interruption : not stopping or ending
: happening again and again within short periods of time
CONTINUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of continual for Students
1 : going on or lasting without stop On every side there rose a continual chattering. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill
2 : occurring again and again within short periods of time Your continual interruptions are annoying.
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