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 The Corner Canyon Chargers are looking for their fourth consecutive state title, and a win in their season-ending game leaves them atop the rankings. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 San Francisco may have ended the Dodgers’ attempt to win a ninth consecutive N.L. West title this summer, but the Dodgers got their revenge. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The consensus seemed to be that Harvick, someway, somehow, would find a way to derail Elliott’s bid for a second consecutive title as payback for Bristol., 10 Oct. 2021 The Tigers recorded a state-record sixth consecutive state title in 2008, this time over fellow powerhouse and Marawood Conference cohort Edgar by a nail-biting 7-3 score. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 Can anybody reasonably doubt that this win could springboard them to a second consecutive title? Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Dent hit just 40 career home runs yet has enjoyed nearly a half-century of fame from one of them – the seventh-inning shot off Mike Torrez that catapulted the Yankees from Game 163 toward a second consecutive World Series title. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 The Braves already had clinched their fourth consecutive NL East title before winning two of three over the weekend to take the season series, 10-9. Charles Odum,, 3 Oct. 2021 Pinch-hitter Matt Beaty launched a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to help the defending World Series champions maintain their increasingly slim bid for a ninth consecutive division title with their 104th win. Beth Harris, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Consecutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of consecutive

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


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.



Legal Definition of consecutive

: following one after the other in order

Other Words from consecutive

consecutively adverb

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