continual

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English continuel, from Old French continuel, from Latin continuus (continuous)

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

continual (not comparable)

  1. Recurring in steady, rapid succession.
  2. (proscribed) Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption.
  3. (proscribed) Forming a continuous series.

Usage notes[edit]

In careful usage, continual refers to repeated actions “continual objections”, while continuous refers to uninterrupted actions or objects “continuous flow”, “played music continuously from dusk to dawn”.[1] However, this distinction is not observed in informal usage, a noted example being the magic spell name “continual light” (unbroken light), in the game Dungeons & Dragons.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ continual/continuous”, Brians, Paul Common Errors in English Usage, (2nd Edition, November 17, 2008), William, James & Company, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-59028207-6

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