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 McCallie led the Blue Devils to a 330-107 record in her 13 seasons, including four consecutive Elite Eight appearances from 2010-13. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Duke hires Boston Celtics assistant Kara Lawson as women's basketball coach," 12 July 2020 In the last decade New Jersey has only made the playoffs twice after a string of 13 consecutive playoff appearances from 1997-2010. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "New Jersey Devils name former Stars coach Lindy Ruff new head coach," 8 July 2020 But a crash on Lap 36 from Arrow McLaren SP rookie Oliver Askew threw a wrench in several team's out-of-the-box strategies, allowing Scott Dixon to eventually run away with his second consecutive win of the 2020 season. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar ratings on NBC continue to trend upward in the start of the 2020 season," 6 July 2020 Love, who missed the 2015 Finals with a shoulder injury, went on to make consecutive All-Star appearances in 2017 and ’18. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Four years after Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship, where are they now?," 19 June 2020 Known for his rebounding and great outlet passes, Unseld led Baltimore to five consecutive playoff appearances, which continued after the franchise moved to Washington -- technically, the Maryland suburbs -- in 1973. Wayne Sterling And Allen Kim, CNN, "NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dies at 74," 2 June 2020 Johnson sat out last Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which snapped his streak of 663 consecutive starts, longest among active drivers. Mark Heim |, al, "NASCAR Cup at Kentucky live stream (7/12): Quaker State 400 channel, time, watch online," 12 July 2020 Jack Harvey, who matched his career best by qualifying second, spun into the gravel in Turn 3 on the 38th lap, starting a string of eight consecutive caution laps for three incidents. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Dixon wins his third straight and has a chance to hit two IndyCar milestones Sunday at Road America," 11 July 2020 Hruby has held the office for nine consecutive terms since 1987 and rarely if ever has faced opposition. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville Councilman Jack Petsche sues city to hold onto his council seat," 10 July 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consecutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce consecutive (audio)

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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