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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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 last six digits are a sequential number identifying a specific vehicle and its position in the production run. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Every Honda CR-V Hybrid Comes with a Fart Joke in Its VIN," 12 Feb. 2021 Those numbers start to look really dire once one factors in the respective 50% and 22% sequential declines that the U.S. and international segments already experienced in the preceding quarter. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Oilfield Services Look Beyond Oil," 22 Oct. 2020 The car wash model also was good for workers who are on the spectrum since the tasks are sequential and are repeated throughout the day. Scott Luxor,, "Employing autistic staff, Rising Tide Car Wash plans third location," 30 Dec. 2020 At the beginning of each season, the Saints outline a series of sequential goals. Luke Johnson,, "Saints clinch 4th straight NFC South title, and you know what? 'Winning never gets old'," 25 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, companies compressed the process of vaccine development by running what would normally be sequential steps in parallel, while still checking for safety and efficacy. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 Wipro had stopped making revenue forecasts this year, along with the rest of the industry, but has since restarted, projecting 1.5% to 3.5% sequential growth in the current quarter. Saritha Rai,, "New CEO Drives Wipro Stock Up 70% Without Stepping Into Office," 6 Dec. 2020 Compared to these authoritarian regimes, however, cancel culture is rudderless, a series of spontaneous disruptions with no sequential logic, lacking any official apparatus to enact or enforce a policy or creed. New York Times, "The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture," 3 Dec. 2020 The unit's revenue jumped 125% year-over-year to $1.45 billion, marking the second sequential quarter during which sales more than doubled. Fortune, "3 key takeaways from Uber’s latest pandemic-impacted quarter," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sequential

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sequential was in 1844

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28 Feb 2021

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“Sequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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