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[si-kwen-shuh l]
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  1. characterized by regular sequence of parts.
  2. following; subsequent; consequent.
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Origin of sequential

First recorded in 1815–25; sequent + -ial
Related formsse·quen·ti·al·i·ty [si-kwen-shee-al-i-tee] /sɪˌkwɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, nounse·quen·tial·ly, adverbnon·se·quen·tial, adjectivenon·se·quen·tial·ly, adverbnon·se·quen·ti·al·i·ty, nounun·se·quen·tial, adjectiveun·se·quen·tial·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sequential


  1. characterized by or having a regular sequence
  2. another word for sequent
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Derived Formssequentiality (sɪˌkwɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounsequentially, 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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