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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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Examples from the Web for consecutively
Historical Examples
  • I fancy not; we don't hear them—not consecutively, at least.

  • She wove her own romance as ardently and consecutively as that of any of her heroines.

    The Californians

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • But it is not to be supposed that he was thinking this consecutively while the morning went on.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • In the waiting room I noticed a man who came a few days consecutively.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • I have known it tried ten years consecutively with the happiest results.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • How to expose the knavery of Wesson—that was all I could think of consecutively.

    A New Sensation Albert Ross
  • They could not think clearly or consecutively when she was about.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • Will you sit down and tell me consecutively what it's all about before I bash you?

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • So consecutively were the scenes shot that the story had not been hard to follow.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • But there is a great deal of it, and you get it consecutively and not simultaneously.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for consecutively


(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 consecutively



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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