Definition of consecutive in US English:



  • 1Following continuously.

    ‘five consecutive months of serious decline’
    • ‘Experimental manipulations within plants continued for six consecutive days.’
    • ‘Her appeal follows the fourth consecutive fall in the number of reported cases of euthanasia.’
    • ‘However, the reality is that the figures still signal expansion for the seventh consecutive month even if the pace is easing somewhat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He received two six months consecutive sentences for these charges.’
    • ‘The number has declined for the eighth consecutive month.’
    • ‘This treatment was continued for two consecutive days if cows had persistent fever.’
    • ‘Trials continue until five consecutive trials are obtained that meet the criteria for range restriction, with a maximum of ten trials.’
    • ‘These sessions will continue for four consecutive Thursday evenings.’
    • ‘This continued for two consecutive weeks; the final total being 504 holes of golf and who knows how many practice balls!’
    • ‘January was the 50th consecutive month of economic expansion.’
    • ‘The maximum boarding period allowed is three consecutive months.’
    • ‘The birth rate increased for the third consecutive year following nearly a decade of decline.’
    • ‘Higher employment was achieved for the 10th consecutive month in June, but the pace of growth was somewhat less.’
    • ‘Last month's hike is the first following five consecutive months of falling rates.’
    • ‘He followed up with three consecutive Championship wins and was runner-up three times in succession.’
    • ‘Economists said this ninth consecutive rise would be followed by further increases in the months ahead.’
    • ‘While eminent singers will be involved as members of the jury, the talent scouting exercise will go on for six consecutive months.’
    • ‘The fall in office rents followed four consecutive years of double-digit growth and was largely caused by fears over the economy.’
    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.
      • ‘The review units arrived as a matched pair with consecutive serial numbers and sounded well-matched.’
      • ‘A Terz is a sequence of three consecutive cards; it is worth 20 points.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the sequence progresses, the gaps between consecutive squares get longer and longer.’
      • ‘As the numbers in the sequence get larger, the ratios of consecutive numbers get closer to the golden ratio.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can also look for sequences of consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.’
      • ‘A sequence of equal sized, consecutive sets of identical cards can be led.’
      • ‘At the top of the heap is the straight flush, which consists of any sequence of five consecutive cards of the same suit.’
      • ‘Pretty much it's in consecutive order, but a couple things are out of order.’
      • ‘Now, the company is offering customers the option of purchasing the revolvers with consecutive serial numbers.’
      • ‘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 sequence of three consecutive pairs or a four of a kind can beat a single two (but not any other single card).’
      • ‘A quantitative comparison of the flickers observed in the two consecutive image sequences was performed.’
      • ‘Back in 1995, the record was only seven consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.’
      • ‘An edition is the total number made of an original print, each numbered in consecutive order starting with one.’
      • ‘A sequence consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit, such as 5 6 7.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A sequence is a group of cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The consecutive connector can be omitted.’
      • ‘Consecutive adverbial subordinate sentences are those that express a consequence of what the main clause says.’
    3. 1.3Music Denoting intervals of the same kind (especially fifths or octaves) occurring in succession between two parts or voices.
      • ‘As the player went higher, more notes were available in each consecutive octave.’
      • ‘For this particular pattern there is a classical fingering pattern which is repeated over 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.