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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
First recorded in 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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  • The disadvantages of the habit of making life a consecutive series of absorbing preoccupations are numerous.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • She had come here to think, and consecutive thought was impossible.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At last he noticed that the entries were regular and consecutive, and though written in different hands, were clear to follow.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • You gave me the first consecutive sleep I'd had in four months.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • At the outbreak of the war Thomas was serving his seventh consecutive term in the state senate.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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