se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce sequential (audio) \

Definition of sequential

1 : of, relating to, or arranged in a sequence : serial sequential file systems
2 : following in sequence
3 : relating to or based on a method of testing a statistical hypothesis that involves examination of a sequence of samples for each of which the decision is made to accept or reject the hypothesis or to continue sampling

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Other Words from sequential

sequentially \ si-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sequentially (audio) \ adverb

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Things in sequence, or regular order, are arranged sequentially. Most novels and films move sequentially, but some use techniques such as flashbacks that interrupt the movement forward in time. Sequential courses in college must follow each other in the proper order, just like sequential tasks or steps.

Examples of sequential in a Sentence

Put the cards in sequential order. explained that if the two required algebra semesters weren't sequential, the students would likely forget the material

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Here, as a team, spot the numbers one to a million, in sequential order, without creating them yourselves. Ivan Brett, New York Times, "5 Games to Help Make Your Vacation Great," 23 July 2019 Intimacy Neil Kendricks is a writer, filmmaker and teacher who recently led a San Diego State course on comics and sequential art. Tribune News Service,, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 Lost: Intimacy Neil Kendricks is a writer, filmmaker and teacher who recently led a San Diego State course on comics and sequential art. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50 Shades of Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations," 14 July 2019 Studies examined if the sequential immunization approach worked in animals. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scripps Research-led group gets $129 million grant for HIV vaccine," 10 July 2019 In addition to orchestras, concert bands, chamber groups, and choirs, there were sequential classes in theory, private lessons on a student's primary instrument, piano instruction, and instrumental techniques classes. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Many comic artists showcased their sequential art, while vendors hawked toys ranging from thumb-size Lego Minifigures to foot-tall custom action figures that would do the original G.I. Joe proud. René A. Guzman,, "Celebrity Fan Fest brings the big-screen geekdom to Freeman Coliseum," 15 June 2019 Suppose West looks at his sequential club holding and leads the jack. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 18, 2019," 18 June 2019 By 1999, moviegoers looking for something adapted from sequential art had their choice of exactly one film: Mystery Men, an ensemble comedy with a peripheral connection to an oddity called Flaming Carrot Comics. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sequential

: of, relating to, or arranged in a particular order or sequence
: happening in a series or sequence


se·​quen·​tial | \ si-ˈkwen-chəl\

Medical Definition of sequential

1 : occurring as a sequela of disease or injury
2 : of, relating to, forming, or taken or administered in a sequence sequential chemotherapy

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