- 1repeated many times in a way that is annoying continual complaints/interruptions
- 2continuing without interruption synonym continuous He was in a continual process of rewriting his material. We lived in continual fear of being discovered. Her daughter was a continual source of delight to her. She kept the letter as a continual reminder of his kindness. Which Word?continuous / continualThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns:
Continuous describes something that continues without stopping. Continual usually describes an action that is repeated again and again. The difference between these two words is now disappearing. In particular, continual can also mean the same as continuous and is used especially about undesirable things:Life was a continual struggle for them.However, continuous is much more frequent in this sense.
continuous ~ continual ~ process change employment problems flow updating line questions speech pain supply fear
NAmE//kənˈtɪnyuəl//[only before noun]
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adverb They argue continually about money. the need to adapt to new and continually changing circumstances New products are continually being developed.