Definition of consecutive in English:



  • 1Following continuously.

    ‘five consecutive months of serious decline’
    • ‘The number has declined for the eighth consecutive month.’
    • ‘He received two six months consecutive sentences for these charges.’
    • ‘He followed up with three consecutive Championship wins and was runner-up three times in succession.’
    • ‘This treatment was continued for two consecutive days if cows had persistent fever.’
    • ‘January was the 50th consecutive month of economic expansion.’
    • ‘Higher employment was achieved for the 10th consecutive month in June, but the pace of growth was somewhat less.’
    • ‘However, the reality is that the figures still signal expansion for the seventh consecutive month even if the pace is easing somewhat.’
    • ‘Trials continue until five consecutive trials are obtained that meet the criteria for range restriction, with a maximum of ten trials.’
    • ‘The birth rate increased for the third consecutive year following nearly a decade of decline.’
    • ‘The treatment was started three days after inoculation with amoebae and continued for three consecutive days.’
    • ‘The next three episodes then screen on the following consecutive Sunday nights at 8.00 pm.’
    • ‘Her appeal follows the fourth consecutive fall in the number of reported cases of euthanasia.’
    • ‘This continued for two consecutive weeks; the final total being 504 holes of golf and who knows how many practice balls!’
    • ‘While eminent singers will be involved as members of the jury, the talent scouting exercise will go on for six consecutive months.’
    • ‘These sessions will continue for four consecutive Thursday evenings.’
    • ‘Last month's hike is the first following five consecutive months of falling rates.’
    • ‘The fall in office rents followed four consecutive years of double-digit growth and was largely caused by fears over the economy.’
    • ‘The maximum boarding period allowed is three consecutive months.’
    • ‘Economists said this ninth consecutive rise would be followed by further increases in the months ahead.’
    • ‘Experimental manipulations within plants continued for six consecutive days.’
    successive, succeeding, following, in succession, running, in a row, one after the other, back-to-back, continuous, solid, straight, uninterrupted, unbroken
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    1. 1.1 In unbroken or logical sequence.
      • ‘At the top of the heap is the straight flush, which consists of any sequence of five consecutive cards of the same suit.’
      • ‘If a consecutive sequence in the same suit, headed by an Old card, is held by some player then the whole sequence are Old Cards.’
      • ‘A Terz is a sequence of three consecutive cards; it is worth 20 points.’
      • ‘Now, the company is offering customers the option of purchasing the revolvers with consecutive serial numbers.’
      • ‘At your turn you can play an ascending sequence of consecutive cards in a single suit, provided that the first card beats the previous play.’
      • ‘Pretty much it's in consecutive order, but a couple things are out of order.’
      • ‘In the second phase, as an alternative to playing a single card it is possible to play a sequence of two or more consecutive cards in the same suit.’
      • ‘You can also look for sequences of consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.’
      • ‘An edition is the total number made of an original print, each numbered in consecutive order starting with one.’
      • ‘Back in 1995, the record was only seven consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.’
      • ‘As the numbers in the sequence get larger, the ratios of consecutive numbers get closer to the golden ratio.’
      • ‘A sequence consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit, such as 5 6 7.’
      • ‘As the sequence progresses, the gaps between consecutive squares get longer and longer.’
      • ‘The lines of various colours are primordium boundaries as recognized in consecutive members of the sequence.’
      • ‘The most usual combinations are a collection of cards of equal rank, or a sequence of cards of consecutive ranks in the same suit.’
      • ‘A sequence is a group of cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit.’
      • ‘The review units arrived as a matched pair with consecutive serial numbers and sounded well-matched.’
      • ‘A quantitative comparison of the flickers observed in the two consecutive image sequences was performed.’
      • ‘A sequence of equal sized, consecutive sets of identical cards can be led.’
      • ‘A sequence of three consecutive pairs or a four of a kind can beat a single two (but not any other single card).’
      sequential, in sequence, in order of time, in order, ordered, progressive, serial
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    2. 1.2Grammar Expressing consequence or result.
      ‘a consecutive clause’
      • ‘Consecutive adverbial subordinate sentences are those that express a consequence of what the main clause says.’
      • ‘The consecutive connector can be omitted.’
      • ‘In its role as a consecutive connector and as a punctuation marker, it corresponds to other markers in English than well or cos, eg. then or therefore.’
    3. 1.3Music Denoting intervals of the same kind (especially fifths or octaves) occurring in succession between two parts or voices.
      • ‘For this particular pattern there is a classical fingering pattern which is repeated over each consecutive octave.’
      • ‘As the player went higher, more notes were available in each consecutive octave.’
      • ‘Since a majority of Dixieland numbers have long chains of secondary dominants you end up using the following scale respectively over each consecutive chord.’


Early 17th century: from French consécutif, -ive, from medieval Latin consecutivus, from Latin consecut- ‘followed closely’, from the verb consequi.