(*noun*) In statistical analysis, a variable where cases can take on any numerical value in a range and the difference between values is comparable.

**Example:** A 10 degree Celsius temperature is 10 degrees cooler than a 20 degree temperature. The actual heat of a typical kitchen oven measured in degrees Celsius can take on infinite possible values roughly between room temperature and 300 degrees**.
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**Audio Pronunciation: **(con·tin·u·ous var·i·a·ble)

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**Usage Notes:**

- Plural:
**continuous variables**

- A continuous variable can be a fraction as opposed to a discrete variable that must be a whole number.
- Continuous variable used in a sentence: In statistics class, we study the time it takes students to complete a test as a continuous variable because each student will take a different amount of time.

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