Learning English

Word: Recurrent

Recurrent (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

Whether Britain benefits or suffers from its traditionalised habits and settings of politics is a recurrent question. But the Covid-19 pandemic poses it in a new way. 

Source: www.theguardian.com

“Traditionally, doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriage. The men’s health – and the health of their sperm – wasn’t analysed,” said Dr Channa Jayasena, the lead author of the research, from Imperial’s department of medicine.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: Occurring often or repeatedly


Recurring, Repetitive, Repeated, Cyclical, Periodic, Habitual, Chronic, Regular, Continual, Intermittent, Periodical


Isolated, Single, Unique, Continuous, Constant, Incessant, Unceasing

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Recurrent” should remind you “Recurring” – something that is occurring again and again! Alternatively, “RE-CURRENT” should remind you of getting current shocks again and again! Just get it repaired, you!

Difference between the words “Recurrent” and “Recurring”

In medical contexts, “Recurrent” is used. E.g.: Recurrent fever. In other contexts, both “Recurrent” and “Recurring” can be used. But “Recurrent” is normally used for the coming back of something that existed before while “Recurring” just implies “repeated occurrence”. (Source: www.merriam-webster.com)

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