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[si-kwen-shuh l] /sɪˈkwɛn ʃəl/
characterized by regular sequence of parts.
following; subsequent; consequent.
Origin of sequential
1815-25; sequent + -ial
Related forms
[si-kwen-shee-al-i-tee] /sɪˌkwɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
sequentially, adverb
nonsequential, adjective
nonsequentially, adverb
nonsequentiality, noun
unsequential, adjective
unsequentially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sequential
  • When the rain ended abruptly last week, the whole city burst into bloom simultaneously rather than in the usual sequential order.
  • sequential courses, for example, often have an unclear relationship to each other.
  • If such heaters were covered with thermoelectric generators the sun's rays could be put to sequential use.
  • Explain the concept of sequential occupancy of a specific habitat.
  • Finally, a series of sequential retrieval tasks showed that the memory erasure was highly selective.
  • If you eliminated sequential execution, instructions could be carried out immediately when their inputs were ready.
  • The state is the first in the country to encourage the use of what are called sequential lineups.
  • The large pick-up in sequential growth concurrently indicated in the latest estimate is also consistent with this picture.
  • Intuitive, sequential learning makes every lesson count and build progressively.
  • sequential tasks can be frustrating if you get stuck.
British Dictionary definitions for sequential


characterized by or having a regular sequence
another word for sequent
Derived Forms
sequentiality (sɪˌkwɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ) noun
sequentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sequential

1816, from Late Latin sequentia (see sequence) + -al (1). Related: Sequentially.

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