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

That would be a stunning turn of events for a team with the most dominant player in the game coming off eight consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Buy Low on LeBron James and the Lakers," 15 Feb. 2019 Lynn University, based in Boca Raton, entered the competition in Muscle Shoals, Alabama as the fourth seed and was making its sixth consecutive national championship appearance. Gary Curreri,, "Lynn University captures first NCAA men's golf title," 7 July 2018 LeBron James, who became a free agent a few weeks after his eighth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, on Sunday agreed to a four-year, $154-million contract with the Lakers. Helene Elliott,, "The Great One and The King: Two transcendent athletes changing L.A. landscape 30 years apart," 3 July 2018 James had what could be considered his finest season last year, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists a game and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive appearance in the N.B.A. finals. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "The Lakers Got Their Man. (That’s What the Lakers Do.)," 2 July 2018 DiMaggio’s streak may never be broken, but the way Hirano has been pitching for the past two months, don’t be surprised if the 33-year-old Japanese rookie threatens the major-league record for consecutive relief appearances without allowing a run. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Diamondbacks reliever Yoshihisa Hirano's downplays record scoreless streak," 30 June 2018 Germany's streak of 16 consecutive knockout stage appearances was also snapped., "How Defending World Cup Champions Fared In The Following World Cup," 27 June 2018 France kicks off their sixth consecutive World Cup appearance Saturday against Australia, while Croatia may break its streak of never making it past the Round of 16. CBS News, "World Cup Saturday: France vs. Australia, Argentina vs. Iceland, Peru vs. Denmark, Croatia vs. Nigeria," 16 June 2018 Four-time champion Italy will be watching from home for the first time since 1958, its streak of 14 consecutive appearances ended by a playoff loss to Sweden. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century," 12 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 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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