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 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

Synonyms for consecutive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for consecutively

successively, continuously, progressively, sequentially, serially

Examples from the Web for consecutively

Historical Examples of consecutively

  • 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

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 (def. 3)
grammar expressing consequence or resultconsecutive clauses
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 consecutively



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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