Definition of continual in English:

continual

adjective

  • 1Forming a sequence in which the same action or event is repeated frequently:

    ‘his plane went down after continual attacks’
    • ‘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.’
    repeated, frequent, recurrent, recurring, oft repeated, regular
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    1. 1.1 Having no interruptions:
      ‘some patients need continual safeguarding’
      • ‘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.’
      constant, continuous, endless, unending, never-ending, perpetual, perennial, eternal, everlasting
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Usage

For an explanation of the difference between continual and continuous, see continuous

Origin

Middle English: from Old French continuel, from continuer continue, from Latin continuare, from continuus (see continuous).

Pronunciation:

continual

/kənˈtɪnjʊəl/