Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sequence or succession.
  • n. Logic The relation of consequent to antecedent; deduction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A following, or sequel; actual or logical dependence.
  • n. A succession or series of any kind.
  • n. sequence
  • n. The relation of consequent to antecedent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A following, or sequel; actual or logical dependence.
  • n. A succession or series of any kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of following, or the condition of being in a series; that which is consecutive; succession; sequence.
  • n. In logic, the relation of consequent to antecedent, or of effect to cause; deduction; consequenee.

Etymologies

Middle English consecucioun, attainment, from Latin cōnsecūtiō, cōnsecūtiōn-, orderly sequence, from cōnsecūtus, past participle of cōnsequī, to follow closely; see consequent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English consecucioun ("attainment"), from Latin consecutio ("effect, proper sequence, attainment"), from past participle of consequor ("to follow, result, reach") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Surface Spherical, and that the flatting of the Surface in the middle is from the abatement of the waters pressure outwards, by the contrary indeavour of its gravity; it follows that the pressure in the middle must be less then on the sides; and therefore the consecution will be the same as in the former.

    Micrographia Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon

  • I found the use of ‘filthy’ twice in close consecution, which could be changed.

    CROSSING THE BRIDGE • by M.Sherlock

  • The chapter also contains discussions of the kinds of consecution or consequence, problems of inference connected with the referents of terms used in consecutive sentences, and also on how to contradict a conditional sentence.

    Peter of Spain

  • The natural consecution of the Homeric images needs no exposition: it constitutes in itself one of the beauties of the work.

    The Iliad of Homer

  • The style was the same, but there was no argument, no consecution and no power.

    Adam Phillips' Prescription: Bring Up Brilliant Babies

  • We assert, then, that from a course or manner of instruction from which those characteristics of true study -- real work of the learner's faculties, and a just consecution of steps -- are largely omitted or excluded, the best sort of intellectual education can not, in the majority of instances, accrue.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, May, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Sometimes it is in a natural but rhythmic consecution of ideas.

    The Greatest English Classic

  • Even those who bicycle or drive see these sights but rarely and with no consecution, since roads also avoid climbing save where they are forced to it, as over certain passes.

    The Path to Rome

  • The French "revue," as one sees it at the Folies-Bergère, done somewhat roughly and sketchily, strikes one most of all by its curious want of consecution, its entire reliance on the point of this or that scene, costume, or performer.

    Plays, Acting and Music A Book Of Theory

  • Lamb's defects were his qualities, and nature drove them inward, concentrating, fortifying, intensifying them; to a not wholly normal or healthy brain, freakish and without consecution, adding a stammering tongue which could not speak evenly, and had to do its share, as the brain did, 'by fits.'

    Figures of Several Centuries

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