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Continual is an adjective meaning "recurring in steady and usually rapid succession." Continuous, also an adjective, means "marked by uninterrupted flow."

We continually hear that hard work is necessary to succeed in graduate school.

That the noise is a continuous hum suggests an explanation other than atmospheric turbulence.

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