Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Following one after another without interruption; successive.
  • adjective Marked by logical sequence.
  • adjective Grammar Expressing consequence or result.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 1. Uninterrupted in course or succession; succeeding one another in a regular order; successive.
  • Following; succeeding: with to.
  • In music, consecutive intervals; usually, the forbidden progression of consecutive or parallel fifths or octaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Following in a train; succeeding one another in a regular order; successive; uninterrupted in course or succession; with no interval or break.
  • adjective Following as a consequence or result; actually or logically dependent; consequential; succeeding.
  • adjective (Mus.) Having similarity of sequence; -- said of certain parallel progressions of two parts in a piece of harmony.
  • adjective (Mus.) chords of the same kind succeeding one another without interruption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective following, in succession, without interruption
  • adjective Having some logical sequence

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective successive (without a break)
  • adjective in regular succession without gaps
  • adjective one after the other
  • adverb in a consecutive manner

Etymologies

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

[French consécutif, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōnsecūtīvus, from cōnsecūtus, past participle of Latin cōnsequī, to follow closely; see consequent.]

Examples

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  • They produced in consecutive at-bats with the bases loaded Sunday against the Phillies: Cabrera drove in one run, then Glaus drove in two, both on singles.

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  • The third season under Bill Grier was precipitous fall from his first season, when the Toreros beat St. Mary's, Gonzaga and Connecticut in consecutive games to win the WCC tournament and get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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  • Passed for 400 yards in consecutive games, which Tom Brady never did; Kerry Collins, Tenn.

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  • Project for a new American Century (PNAC) stated they visioned a lighter, more mobile 21st century military which they wanted to use to promote regime change in consecutive strikes at Iraq, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

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  • SPRING SNAPSHOT: Spring practice begins on March 16, following the school's spring break and will run in consecutive weeks until the spring game on April 10 at 5 p.m. in Doak Campbell Stadium.

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  • Portland earned a postseason berth for the second straight year, the first time Portland has ever gone to the postseason in consecutive seasons.

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  • The third season under Bill Grier was precipitous fall from his first season, when the Toreros beat St. Mary's, Gonzaga and Connecticut in consecutive games to win the WCC tournament and get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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  • They either were knocked out of a game or suffered an actual concussion in consecutive weeks by a devastatingly violent defense that almost seems okay with giving up huge chunks of yardage as long as one of the other guys 'offensive stars has to be helped off the field at some point.

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