Definition of Continual

1. Adjective. Occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series. "The continual banging of the shutters"

2. Adjective. 'continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with 'continuous' (meaning without interruption).

Definition of Continual

1. a. Proceeding without interruption or cesstaion; continuous; unceasing; lasting; abiding.

Definition of Continual

1. Adjective. Recurring in steady, rapid succession. ¹

2. Adjective. (proscribed) Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption. ¹

3. Adjective. (proscribed) Forming a continuous series. ¹

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Definition of Continual

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Continual

contingency procedure
contingency table
contingency tables
contingent claim
contingent negative variation
contingent on(p)
contingent probability
contingent remainder
contingent remainders
continual (current term)
continuant consonant
continuation bet
continuation bets

Literary usage of Continual

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1809)
"41 (continual claim is where a man hath right and title to enter into any lanas or ... or in fee tail, if hee which hath title to enter makes continual! ..."

2. The Law and Custom of the Constitution by William Reynell Anson (1907)
"It is the continual Council. ... powers of the Crown when acting with a body which was neither the continual or King's Council nor the National Council, ..."

3. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1813)
"... in any one like that of their own country. there is a continual night, without any appearance of day, when the fun coming to the ..."

4. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"In a sense implying continuation in time: continual, continued, persistent, sustained, enduring; spec, permanent, abiding, perpetual, eternal, unremitting, ..."

5. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"The army was now in a miserable plight, being in The con- want of every necessary; and by the continual assaults Athenians of the enemy great numbers of the ..."

6. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1844)
"CHAPTER V. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD CONSPICUOUS IN THE FORMATION AND continual GOVERNMENT OF THE WORLD. As the perfection of a happy life consists in the ..."

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