consecutive

adjective
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 Carolina replaced Newton with backup Kyle Allen and ran off four consecutive victories. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cam Newton reacts to Carolina Panthers firing coach Ron Rivera," 4 Dec. 2019 Not after Justin Tucker’s 49-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired, lifting the Ravens to a 20-17 victory over the visiting 49ers and propelling them to their franchise-best eighth consecutive victory. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 14: Bears sneak up to No. 15; Ravens tighten their grip on No. 1.," 3 Dec. 2019 Cincinnati Wyoming, which also entered Saturday with 28 consecutive victories, suffered a 35-14 upset loss to Clyde in the Division IV state semifinals. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Kirtland picks its spots vs. Oak Harbor in 28-14 Division V state semifinal win," 1 Dec. 2019 The Warriors claimed their fifth straight state title and 68th consecutive victory overall. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Prep Bowl: Caledonia wins fifth straight crown, Blooming Prairie gets first," 29 Nov. 2019 Jackson matched his career high with five touchdown passes and ran for 95 yards in another splendid all-around performance, and Baltimore routed Los Angeles 45-6 for its seventh consecutive victory. Washington Post, "Lamar Jackson throws 5 TD passes, Ravens rout Rams 45-6," 26 Nov. 2019 Jackson matched his career high with five touchdown passes and ran for 95 yards in another splendid all-around performance, and Baltimore routed Los Angeles 45-6 for its seventh consecutive victory. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar Jackson throws 5 TD passes, Ravens rout Rams," 25 Nov. 2019 Completing 70 percent of his passes, Bridgewater has led the Saints to five consecutive victories, reinforcing the value of a credible backup. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "In the N.F.L., Change Is Inevitable. Just Not Atop the Standings.," 21 Oct. 2019 And Texas’ defense, which has struggled similarly, will slow down Brock Purdy and the Cyclones just enough to give Texas its second consecutive victory. USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 12 in college football," 16 Nov. 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Consecutive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consecutiveness. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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consecutive

adjective
How to pronounce consecutive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of consecutive

: following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption

consecutive

adjective
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.

consecutive

adjective
con·​sec·​u·​tive

Legal Definition of consecutive

: following one after the other in order

Other Words from consecutive

consecutively adverb

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