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continual

adjective
     
con‧tin‧u‧al [only before noun]
1 continuing for a long time without stopping:
five weeks of continual rain
the Japanese business philosophy of continual improvement
2 repeated many times, often in a way that is harmful or annoying:
She has endured house arrest and continual harassment by the police.
continually adverb:
We are continually reassessing the situation.
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continual, continuous
continual and continuous are both used to describe things that continue without stopping continual rain a continuous fall in unemployment since 1998 Use continuous to describe things that go on without a break I had six continuous hours of meetings. a continuous line of trees Use continual to describe things which happen repeatedly his continual attempts to intervene Use continual when the thing that is happening is annoying or bad She was fed up with the continual arguments.

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