continual

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

  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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