continual
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French continuel, from Latin continuus continuous Date: 14th century 1. continuing indefinitely in time without interruption <
continual fear
>
2. recurring in steady usually rapid succession <
a history of continual invasions
>
continually adverb Synonyms: continual, continuous, constant, incessant, perpetual, perennial mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. continual often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence <
continual showers the whole weekend
>
. continuous usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension <
football's oldest continuous rivalry
>
. constant implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence <
lived in constant pain
>
. incessant implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity <
annoyed by the incessant quarreling
>
. perpetual suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration <
a land of perpetual snowfall
>
. perennial implies enduring existence often through constant renewal <
a perennial source of controversy
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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