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[kuh n-sek-yuh-tiv] /kənˈsɛk yə tɪv/
following one another in uninterrupted succession or order; successive:
six consecutive numbers, such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
marked by logical sequence.
Grammar. expressing consequence or result:
a consecutive clause.
Origin of consecutive
1605-15; consecut(ion) + -ive
Related forms
consecutively, adverb
consecutiveness, noun
nonconsecutive, adjective
nonconsecutively, adverb
nonconsecutiveness, noun
unconsecutive, adjective
unconsecutively, adverb
1. continuous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for consecutive
  • Makes one wonder if there ever was a time when days and nights were almost consecutive.
  • These are found to be two consecutive and adjoining links within the drinking action.
  • The credit-rating agency retained its negative outlook for all sectors of higher education for a second consecutive year.
  • Conscripts are randomly selected and may serve any two consecutive years, as long as their service begins before age twenty-two.
  • By the end of the year he had performed six consecutive loops.
  • Together with the last day of the previous month, they made for six consecutive holidays.
  • Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life.
  • Investors are likely to cheer a second consecutive year of double-digit returns.
  • But for a second consecutive year it will be less than the outlay on internal security.
  • No politician, from president to mayor, may stand for consecutive re-election.
British Dictionary definitions for consecutive


(of a narrative, account, etc) following chronological sequence
following one another without interruption; successive
characterized by logical sequence
(music) another word for parallel (sense 3)
(grammar) expressing consequence or result: consecutive clauses
Derived Forms
consecutively, adverb
consecutiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French consécutif, from Latin consecūtus having followed, from consequī to pursue
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Word Origin and History for consecutive

1610s, from French consécutif (16c.), from Medieval Latin consecutivus, from Latin consecutus "following closely," past participle of consequi (see consequence). Related: Consecutively.

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