non·​se·​quen·​tial ˌnän-si-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonsequential (audio)
: not relating to, arranged in, or following a sequence : not sequential
a nonsequential narrative style
a nonsequential list of serial numbers
nonsequentially adverb
a story that unfolds nonsequentially through a series of vignettes that jump back and forth in time

Examples of nonsequential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Logan has turned over texts in haphazard, nonsequential batches and in different formats, so threads were broken and not easily searchable. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2023 How to play darts The board Darts are played on a circular board split into 20 sections, with each section numbered one through 20 in nonsequential order. USA TODAY, 8 June 2023 In July 2009, while screening footage from the film for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con, Cameron announced that on August 21, four months before the film’s theatrical debut, audiences would be able to see approximately 16 nonsequential minutes at Imax locations around the globe. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2022 The cinematic version—a bag of nonsequential bills dropped off in a public park or handed to a passing courier—is too risky. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 As the days, weeks, and months of isolation and uncertainty dragged on, Shaughn and John worked on pages in nonsequential order to break down the passage of time that seemed to be never-ending. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 There are also many variables the administrator can set for user PIN requirements (number of characters, special characters, non-repeating, nonsequential, etc.). Dallas News, 4 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsequential was in 1873

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“Nonsequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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