Definition of sequential in English:

sequential

adjective

  • 1Forming or following in a logical order or sequence.

    ‘a series of sequential steps’
    • ‘We have then compared these steps to the sequential stages of strategic planning and emphasized the importance of relating brand objectives and goals to the communication response sequence.’
    • ‘The particular situation may require that the steps be carried out concurrently rather than in sequential mode.’
    • ‘Just as the pulse of the times can be measured by the mood and the events of each decade (hence the compulsion to look at history in sequential periods of ten years), it can be felt by the habits and thoughts of a generation.’
    • ‘It is also better than sequential elimination voting, in which one candidate is eliminated each round, because it can be done all at once and with less expense.’
    • ‘However, this campaign need not be sequential to be effective, the cumulative effect across all regions will help achieve the results we seek.’
    • ‘While capitalism as an economic system develops in a roughly sequential fashion, the same cannot be said for debates about capitalism's social and moral consequences.’
    • ‘The analyses involved three sequential steps.’
    • ‘Global sales of semiconductor chips in October rose by 2.5% from September, the first month since November 2000 with sequential growth.’
    • ‘While these ‘steps’ may appear sequential, in practice they are usually messy and intertwined chronologically.’
    • ‘Here is a supreme example of sequential planning.’
    • ‘Imaging, analyzing, and decisionmaking, which once proceeded in distinct, often lengthy, sequential steps, now occur almost simultaneously.’
    • ‘This reaction was expected considering that the training dealt with highly technical subject material that required tedious attention to detail and sequential steps.’
    • ‘The steps are sequential and linked in the sense that each step was not possible without the previous step, and each step was motivated by the previous one.’
    • ‘Remember, during the Gulf War we started things in a sequential way, if you would, with air first and then we walked down the road over about a six-week period.’
    • ‘The Bill had already passed out of the Judiciary Committee but it had a sequential referral to Commerce which needed to approve it before we went to the floor for House Passage.’
    • ‘Each song forms a sequential part of the experience.’
    • ‘The sequential use of vacuum and forceps was associated with an increased risk of the need for the mechanical ventilation of the infant and perineal tears for the mother.’
    • ‘The team combined some of the normally sequential steps of schematic design, design development and creation of construction documents.’
    • ‘Clearly, there is an urgent need to move from the hitherto widely used step-by-step, sequential approach to marketing to a more holistic, dynamic and non-sequential approach.’
    • ‘But the sort of sequential nature, the fact that you have one natural disaster followed by another, it can have a pretty significant psychological impact.’
    consecutive, in a row, straight, solid, sequential, succeeding, in succession, following, serial, running, continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted
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    1. 1.1Computing Performed or used in sequence.
      ‘sequential processing of data files’
      • ‘A wide variety of structured activities are supported, including sequential and parallel processing and condition looping.’
      • ‘It might have been desirable to perform sequential multiple regression analyses to evaluate the unique contribution of each type of maltreatment experience to our results on startle.’
      • ‘This is also true of cache memory, which has been proven to greatly improve performance for sequential data streams.’
      • ‘In spite of the significant advances in processing speed, sequential processors are far from providing sufficient computing capacity for advanced robotic planning systems.’
      • ‘In later versions, persistent connections that allow multiple sequential transactions on the same connection were introduced.’

Origin

Early 19th century (as a medical term in the sense following as a secondary condition): from sequence, on the pattern of consequential.

Pronunciation:

sequential

/səˈkwen(t)SHəl/