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

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 Clase earned consecutive saves Friday and Saturday and James Karinchak earned his second savew with a two-walk, three-strikeout performance in the ninth Sunday. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2022 As of midday Monday, the stock was up for eight consecutive trading sessions, gaining roughly 11% over that period. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Students in Seattle will miss their fourth consecutive school day Monday thanks to teachers continuing to strike for pay raises and other benefits. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2022 Center Olu Oluwatimi came to Ann Arbor as a graduate transfer from Virginia and brought 32 consecutive starts with him. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2022 Ewing put together four consecutive rounds in the 60s in Cincinnati to finish 22-under par, one shot better than Lin, who finished alone in second place at 21-under. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2022 Kids share their location using Snap Maps to arrange impromptu parties and obsessively track their Snapchat Streaks, or consecutive days of sending snaps to one another, with best friends. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2022 He was sentenced to five consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. James Rainey And Brittny Mejia, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 The Tennessee Titans are hopeful for their seventh winning season in a row and a fourth consecutive playoff berth with the return of two-time NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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consecutive intervals

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15 Sep 2022

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“Consecutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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