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consecutive

[kuhn-sek-yuh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. following one another in uninterrupted succession or order; successive: six consecutive numbers, such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  2. marked by logical sequence.
  3. Grammar. expressing consequence or result: a consecutive clause.
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Origin of consecutive

First recorded in 1605–15; consecut(ion) + -ive
Related formscon·sec·u·tive·ly, adverbcon·sec·u·tive·ness, nounnon·con·sec·u·tive, adjectivenon·con·sec·u·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·sec·u·tive·ness, nounun·con·sec·u·tive, adjectiveun·con·sec·u·tive·ly, adverb

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consecutive

adjective
  1. (of a narrative, account, etc) following chronological sequence
  2. following one another without interruption; successive
  3. characterized by logical sequence
  4. music another word for parallel (def. 3)
  5. grammar expressing consequence or resultconsecutive clauses
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Derived Formsconsecutively, adverbconsecutiveness, noun

Word Origin for consecutive

C17: from French consécutif, from Latin consecūtus having followed, from consequī to pursue
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Word Origin and History for consecutive

adj.

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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