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

Pipp was famously the New York Yankees' first baseman before Lou Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games. Bobby Nightengale,, "José Peraza's big night lifts the Cincinnati Reds to a win over St. Louis Cardinals," 5 June 2019 Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, who lost consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. Ian Harrison,, "Galvis, Grichuk HR as Jays end 6-game skid, beat Yankees 4-3," 5 June 2019 Holzhauer had won 32 consecutive games and was in second place on the show’s all-time money list, not including tournament play. Media News, The Mercury News, "Jeopardy champ: Who is Emma Boettcher, and how did she beat James Holzhauer?," 4 June 2019 Up until that point, Holzhauer, a 34-year-old professional sports gambler who had won 32 consecutive games, was on track to beat the earnings record set by Ken Jennings in 2004. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Chicago librarian dethrones record-shattering ‘Jeopardy!’ champ," 4 June 2019 Win streak Holzhauer won 32 consecutive games through the episode that aired Friday, May 31. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Jeopardy! Tracker: James Holzhauer's final stats, cash totals after 32-game win streak," 4 June 2019 Bruins win a third consecutive elimination game to advance., "Adley Rutschman becomes the man of the moment, Pat Casey’s decision is TBA: Diamonds & Dust," 4 June 2019 Freeman has homered in four consecutive games for the first time in his career. Charles Odum, The Seattle Times, "Gamel’s 10th-inning homer lifts Brewers over Braves, 3-2," 19 May 2019 Al Mengert holds the record for most consecutive wins with three (1963-65). Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Ryan Benzel set to defend his Washington Open Invitational title," 19 May 2019

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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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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