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

Recent Examples on the Web

This year's show marks the third consecutive year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the high-profile entertainment industry event. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wears Stunning One-Shoulder, White Gown to the 2019 BAFTAs," 10 Feb. 2019 Busch and Keselowski, a longtime rival seeking his fourth consecutive victory in the series, battled for the lead for much of the last 100-plus laps. Fox News, "Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Richmond race from the back of the pack," 24 Sep. 2018 In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories., "Chelsea Officially Sack Antonio Conte Ahead of Announcing Maurizio Sarri Appointment," 13 July 2018 Harvick and Busch also each had stretches of three consecutive victories this season. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 reasons 2018 is one of the weirdest NASCAR seasons," 12 July 2018 Gilbert Burns is 13-2 with consecutive knockout victories and has 12 finishes in his 13 wins in his own right. Todd Martin,, "Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns live round-by-round coverage," 7 July 2018 The Brewers’ fourth consecutive victory moved them to a season-best 17 games over .500 (52-35) and boosted their lead over idle Chicago to 1½ games in the NL Central. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Braves 2: Jhoulys Chacín gives a weary bullpen some rest with 7 strong innings," 5 July 2018 Mike Minor took his turn Friday night at Target Field, allowing one run in six innings as the Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 for their sixth consecutive victory. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' starters still among MLB's worst. But here's why they've been better recently," 22 June 2018 The Sixers finished third in the Eastern Conference and concluded the regular season with 16 straight wins, setting a league record most consecutive victories to end a regular season. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers trade Mikal Bridges for Zhaire Smith, first-round pick in NBA draft," 21 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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