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[si-kwen-shuh l] /sɪˈkwɛn ʃəl/
characterized by regular sequence of parts.
following; subsequent; consequent.
Origin of sequential
First recorded in 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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  • They ascertain politics as sequential, linear, and deterministic.

  • It displays lucidity of statement, sequential narrative, and finished literary technic.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • The sequential aspect of line appeared, permitting of rhythm and demanding organisation.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • It should not be contingent on or sequential to other matters of European politics—because it is of a different world.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • A hint organized in her brain long trains of sequential conceptions, which she had inherited with her sex.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
  • Language is sequential, centralized, linear, and corresponds to the stage of linear growth of humankind.

  • This was followed by a pragmatics leading to sequential, linear practice of language and language notation.

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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