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

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Those tools allowed the USGA to set up Pinehurst No. 2 equally for the men and women in consecutive weeks for the U.S. Open, one of the USGA's proudest moments. Doug Ferguson,, "U.S. Open setup relies as much on science as instincts," 9 June 2018 Marist finished 330-193 during his tenure, including four straight 20-plus-win seasons and two consecutive regional titles. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "'It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life': Gene Nolan leaves Marist for Naperville North," 24 May 2018 Combined with a 4-0 loss to Post Oak on Thursday night, Pearland Little League saw its streak of five consecutive Section 3 championships snapped. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East all-stars succumb to Post Oak’s big fifth inning," 9 July 2018 Meibers had spent years building Colerain’s cross country program into a powerhouse that led to five consecutive district championships going into the 1978 season. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Colerain celebrates 40th anniversary of Ohio's best boys cross country team," 2 July 2018 Gray has led Lausanne to two consecutive state championships and has won two straight Mr. Football awards in his classification. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football gets commitment from 4-star running back Eric Gray," 1 July 2018 Lake Central owns the girls track state record with 25 consecutive sectional championships — the last 15 with Fredrick in charge. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Lake Central's Ron Fredrick is the Post-Tribune Girls Track Coach of the Year," 27 June 2018 Watch for him as one of the last drivers left standing this year, and maybe even to win a second consecutive Cup championship. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR catches a spark: What Martin Truex Jr. brings that other contenders don't," 27 June 2018 Somers will play for their third consecutive Class S championship Saturday, facing No. Joe Burns,, "Somers Rallies Against Eagles, Chance for Three-Peat In Class S," 6 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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