con·​sec·​u·​tive | \ kən-ˈse-kyə-tiv How to pronounce consecutive (audio) , -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

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the second, Donaldson and Garver recorded consecutive hits to open the inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2021 Until beaten by Schoenmaker in a Monday semifinal, King had won 85 consecutive races in the 100 breaststroke — long and short course meters, short course yards — according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2021 Three consecutive walks by Saints reliever Ian Hamilton then forced in a run. Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 Guiding the Packers to a second consecutive NFC championship game berth while earning MVP honors for a third time, however, further complicated matters, Rodgers acknowledged. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Simone Biles—widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time—is a favorite to take as many as four individual titles at her second consecutive Olympic Games, and to boost the U.S. to another team title, too. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 26 July 2021 Taylor homered in consecutive games, including his first grand slam to break open Friday’s victory over the Chicago White Sox. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2021 The United States had won 25 consecutive Olympic games, last losing at the Athens Games 17 years ago and settling for a bronze medal there., 26 July 2021 The Midnight Suns trailed 2-1 going into their half of the sixth but pounced on pitcher Noah Lower for consecutive one-out singles by Isaiah Nelson and Oliver Mendoza. Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021

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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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The first known use of consecutive was in 1611

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29 Jul 2021

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“Consecutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce consecutive (audio) \

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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