- continuall (obsolete)
continual (not comparable)
- Recurring in steady, rapid succession.
- (proscribed) Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption.
- (proscribed) Forming a continuous series.
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”. 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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- continual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- continual in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.