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 The Broncos won four of their last five games to finish 7-9, still the third consecutive year with a losing record (5-11 in 2017 and 6-10 in ’18). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos executive Joe Ellis on no-shows: Years of “frustration boiling up”," 31 Dec. 2019 The Wolverines didn't win a Big Ten title, didn't come close to making their first College Football Playoff appearance and lost badly to Ohio State for a second consecutive year. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh, Alabama's Nick Saban saying all the right things," 31 Dec. 2019 The Cardinals avoided winning just one home game in consecutive years for the first time since 1957-58. Kent Somers, azcentral, "No fine print: Beating the Browns for another home win was important for Cardinals," 15 Dec. 2019 Bowden's honor marks the second consecutive year a Kentucky player has won a major national award. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Lynn Bowden wins Paul Hornung Award as college football's most versatile player," 11 Dec. 2019 Despite a breakout 5-7 campaign in 2019, Oregon State didn’t land a player on the Pac-12 all-conference first team for a sixth consecutive year. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins, Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Blake Brandel earn Pac-12 second-team football honors," 10 Dec. 2019 Potempa said this is the fourth consecutive year for which the Village Board hasn’t taken the maximum allowable increase for taxes. Chuck Fieldman,, "Decrease in village’s tax levy won’t necessarily mean lower property tax bills for Clarendon Hills residents," 5 Dec. 2019 The Buzz: Utah returns to the Pac-12 Championship Game for the second consecutive year. Matt Murschel,, "5 college football games to watch during pivotal championship weekend," 5 Dec. 2019 This year marks the fourth consecutive year that the city of Milwaukee has paid tribute to the late activist who held strong ties to the midwest. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Milwaukee ‘Saves A Seat’ In Honor Of Rosa Parks On Every County Bus," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consecutive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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