Definition of consecutive
: following one after the other in order : successive served four consecutive terms in office
Examples of consecutive in a sentence
the team's winning streak has lasted for seven consecutive games
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.
Origin and Etymology of consecutive
First Known Use: 1611
CONSECUTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consecutive for English Language Learners
: following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption
CONSECUTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of consecutive for Students
: following one another in order without gaps It rained for three consecutive days.
Legal Definition of consecutive
: following one after the other in order
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