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

Other Words from sequential

sequentially \ si-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sequential (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
Recent Examples on the Web The process of sequential interactions of B with the row of qubits constitutes a constructor-like machine that transforms B1 to B2. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 This month, a rare planetary alignment puts Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the same part of the sky in sequential order. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2022 Economists led by Jan Hatzius said that while there’s some signs of softening in the labor market, sequential core inflation appears to be slowing as pressures on the supply chain improve. Enda Curran, Fortune, 6 June 2022 Previous studies have shown that undetected low oxygen rates can lead to sequential organ failure and death in patients of color, but those studies were not conducted specifically on Covid patients as the new study was. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 3 June 2022 The sequential gearbox will upshift with the accelerator floored, and the shift lights on the dash encourage the full use of the available rev range. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 1 June 2022 Although both companies reported robust year-over-year growth numbers (2x to 6x), the sequential figures are more closely tracked for fast-growing companies. Trefis Team, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 And parent company Meta said its Facebook app lost daily users on a sequential basis in the fourth quarter for the first time at least since its public offering. Laura Forman, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In this series hosted by Eric Stonestreet, teams of domino enthusiasts bring their imagination and create incredibly elaborate domino masterpieces that come tumbling down in beautiful sequential fashion. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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