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1Forming a sequence in which the same action or event is repeated frequently:‘his plane went down after continual attacks’
repeated, frequent, recurrent, recurring, oft repeated, regularView synonyms
- ‘The continual missile attacks, which are now coming closer, have opened larger fissures in the glass.’
- ‘I live just across the road and can see from my window a continual stream of people walking towards the toilets only to find them closed.’
- ‘Something I would like to do on a continual basis here is point to other blogs that I read.’
- ‘One of his recurring themes is the continual questioning of reality: has the world gone mad, or have I?’
- ‘He was a continual link between defence and attack and his covering tackling was top drawer.’
- ‘The continual dramatic evolution of the university sector is undoubtedly going to continue.’
- ‘The protected birds were once widespread in England but continual persecution led to their virtual extinction.’
- ‘This is a continual problem, and ought to form part of a regular maintenance programme.’
- ‘Neither intelligence nor courage offer a shield from the effects of the continual threat of violence.’
- ‘With continual rain during the week the lack of time available to prepare the pitches ruled out any chance of play.’
- ‘The Commonwealth forces, exhausted from continual air attack, pulled back.’
- ‘The animals are a continual nuisance on beaches and at other spots frequented by tourists.’
- ‘But despite continual warnings, the girls ignored the bans and regularly returned to cause havoc.’
- ‘Hence its 80 years of more or less continual crisis, in which the current palaver is a relatively minor squall.’
- ‘I am aware that culture is created and evolving and the struggle for control and hegemony is continual.’
- ‘Freud's answer is that we live in a continual state of temptation.’
- ‘Then melady and I constructed a thing to avoid the need for continual communication with upcoming wedding guests.’
- ‘Many more consumers repeatedly tried the line only to be met with a continual engaged signal.’
- ‘Also they continual body weight loss into the breeding season will adversely affect fertility.’
- ‘Due to frequent upgrades, continual price cuts are necessary to shift electronic products.’
- 1.1 Having no interruptions:‘some patients need continual safeguarding’
constant, continuous, endless, unending, never-ending, perpetual, perennial, eternal, everlastingView synonyms
- ‘Rather, the process of accommodation will be ongoing, demanding continual attention and work.’
- ‘This training process is ongoing and requires continual coaching and application.’
- ‘This is an area where continual vigilance needs to be maintained.’
- ‘They want us to put a large force on the ground and do continual, sustained operations.’
- ‘Not recognizing this, they undergo endless and continual suffering.’
For an explanation of the difference between continual and continuous, see continuous
Middle English: from Old French continuel, from continuer continue, from Latin continuare, from continuus (see continuous).
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