• General legal English

Definitions of continuous

  • without interruption

    Investor's continuous employment shall cease when Investor ceases to be actively employed by the Company.

Phrase Bank for continuous

  • He also said there should be continuous assessment of emergency and rescue resources by all rescue and emergency agencies.

  • The New York camp is due to mark the beginning of its third month of continuous protest on Thursday.

  • The great war came to end on 11 November 1918 after 1,560 days of continuous fighting.

  • The laws of mikva have been passed down from mother to daughter in a continuous chain from biblical times.

Additional Notes for continuous

  • There is some similarity in meaning between continuous and continual, but the two words are not entirely synonymous. Both terms can be used to mean without interruption. However, the term continuous is much more common in this sense. The term continual is more often used to mean happening repeatedly (ie frequently, with intervals between each time). The term continuous is five times more common than continual.


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.