We have common phrasing such as “pay as you go” or “invent along the way”.

Is there a more formal and specific word for this concept of a verb’s action continuing or repeating over time?

  • continuing: continual Repeating over time: habitual or recurring, or periodic
    – Jim
    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:59
  • Specific to what? paying or inventing? The adverb progressively could work.
    – Zebrafish
    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:59
  • @Jim “continual” is close, but does not allow for the interruptions or infrequency implied by my examples. Both “recurring” & “periodic” are close as well, but similarly have the problem of supporting regular or rigid frequency. I am looking for a sense that is less definite. Feb 10, 2019 at 5:38
  • @Zebrafish The word “progressively” means reaching stages, building on one another. My meaning is not about building up but about whatever may come. Feb 10, 2019 at 5:40
  • @BasilBourque - Perhaps if you told us your actual situation we could come up with the right word. As it is, we don’t have enough information and we are just shooting in the dark.
    – Jim
    Feb 10, 2019 at 5:41

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consecutive vocabulary.com

one after the other

As in:

He was asked to pay consecutively as he passed each station.

Consecutive comes from the Latin consecutus, meaning "following closely" with no gap.

  • Thanks for trying, but “consecutively” means definite points along the way, whereas I am looking for something more indefinite. Both my examples, “pay as you go” or “invent along the way”, are more open-ended, allowing for happenstance, and where the events along the way are not building upon one another. Feb 10, 2019 at 5:34

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