Definition of continual in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtiny(o͞o)əl/


1Frequently recurring; always happening: his plane went down after continual attacks
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  • The continual missile attacks, which are now coming closer, have opened larger fissures in the glass.
  • The Commonwealth forces, exhausted from continual air attack, pulled back.
  • One of his recurring themes is the continual questioning of reality: has the world gone mad, or have I?
1.1Having no interruptions: some patients need continual safeguarding
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  • 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.
  • Rather, the process of accommodation will be ongoing, demanding continual attention and work.


For an explanation of the difference between continual and continuous, see continuous (usage).


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

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Syllabification: con·tin·u·al

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