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continual adjective


happening repeatedly, often in a bad or annoying way
The company will not tolerate an employee's continual absence for reasons other than disability or sickness.

Hi and welcome to TransLegal's lesson of the week.

Today I'm going to be talking about two words that are used quite often by lawyers. Many times they are treated as interchangeable, however they are not, and they are continuous and continual.

You will see these words whenever the passage of time is involved in legal documents, for example, you might see them in contracts of employment or loan documentation.

So what is the difference between these two words?

Well, continuous means occurring without interruption. Continually means frequently recurring. So some examples are in order here perhaps. So you might see continuous in the following sentence:

"The employment must be continuous for the employee to be eligible for the benefit."

or continual, you might see in a sentence like this:

"There shall be a continual duty to pay the supplier following delivery".

Many times lawyers will use 'on a regular basis' or 'regular' instead of continual.

And finally, you will usually see these terms in their adverbial form – continuously and continually.

That's all for today. If you've got any questions or comments, put them in the comments box below and we'll get back to you. Good luck and see you next time.

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