con·sec·u·tive | \ kən-ˈse-kyə-tiv , -kə-tiv \

Definition of consecutive 

: following one after the other in order : successive served four consecutive terms in office

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Other words from consecutive

consecutively adverb
consecutiveness noun

concurrent and consecutive

Consecutive has a good deal in common with the complementary word concurrent. Besides the fact that both begin with the prefix con- (meaning “with, together”), each word deals with the time-order in which several things happen. Concurrent describes things that are occurring, or people who are doing something, at the same time, such as “concurrent users” of a computer program. Consecutive refers to things that are arranged or happen in a sequential order. A criminal who serves a consecutive sentence does time for one conviction after another. If that person gets a concurrent sentence, he or she undergoes all punishments at the same time.

Examples of consecutive in a Sentence

the team's winning streak has lasted for seven consecutive games

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Fernandes missed everything on his spot kick, tilting the balance Croatia's way, and Ivan Rakitic scored on the clinching kick for a second consecutive match, allowing Croatia to go through on a 4-3 edge. Grant Wahl,, "England Coasts, Croatia Perseveres as Both End World Cup Semifinal Droughts," 7 July 2018 That’s right, the Sixers’ internationally stashed Australian power forward will be joining them in Las Vegas for a second consecutive season. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers' summer league preview: Which players could stand out in Las Vegas?," 5 July 2018 As someone who preaches fluid movement on offense and stingy defense, Brannen's long-term commitment provides stability for a program looking for a second-consecutive Horizon League regular season title. Charlie Hatch,, "John Brannen signs four-year NKU contract extension through 2021-22 season," 29 June 2018 Peebles had the Bears on solid footing the last two years, posting 6-5 and 6-4 records after three consecutive losing seasons. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: New faces in new places for 2018 season," 28 June 2018 At Oswego, Stanton ended the program’s string of 22 consecutive losing seasons in 2017. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Remembering Amanda: Lockport, Oswego softball communities cite Amanda Stanton's compassion and smile," 27 June 2018 Louisville, meanwhile, will open up at a neutral site for the second consecutive season, having faced Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last season. Matt Murschel,, "Alabama, Louisville set for big paydays for Camping World Kickoff game," 25 June 2018 This was only the second time the same NBA player has won the sportsmanship award for consecutive seasons. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "What NBA award did Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker win again?," 25 June 2018 Think Gil Brandt, the team’s original scouting chief who mined the talent for the two title teams of the 1970s and 13 consecutive winning seasons. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Might Johnson, Brandt or Novacek get Ring of Honor call before Witten, Ware and Romo?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of consecutive

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for consecutive

see consecution

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English Language Learners Definition of consecutive

: following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption


con·sec·u·tive | \ kən-ˈse-kyə-tiv \

Kids Definition of consecutive

: following one another in order without gaps It rained for three consecutive days.



Legal Definition of consecutive 

: following one after the other in order

Other words from consecutive

consecutively adverb

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