Definition of consecutive in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɛkjʊtɪv/


1Following each other continuously: five consecutive months of serious decline
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  • Last month's hike is the first following five consecutive months of falling rates.
  • Economists said this ninth consecutive rise would be followed by further increases in the months ahead.
  • He followed up with three consecutive Championship wins and was runner-up three times in succession.
successive, succeeding, following, in succession, running, in a row, one after the other, back-to-back, continuous, solid, straight, uninterrupted, unbroken
informal on the trot
1.1In unbroken or logical sequence: a consecutive pattern of what the film would be like
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  • You can also look for sequences of consecutive primes in arithmetic progression.
  • A quantitative comparison of the flickers observed in the two consecutive image sequences was performed.
  • A Terz is a sequence of three consecutive cards; it is worth 20 points.
2 Grammar Expressing consequence or result: a consecutive clause
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  • 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 Music Denoting intervals of the same kind (especially fifths or octaves) occurring in succession between two parts or voices.
Example sentences
  • Since a majority of Dixieland numbers have long chains of secondary dominants you end up using the following scale respectively over each consecutive chord.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /kənˈsɛkjʊtɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • And the link has a social character; it is not mere consecutiveness in time, but a context of interaction.
  • In the first stages of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence.
  • Nearly all of the thefts have been trivial, but the consecutiveness of the attempts at burglary has put the residents on the alert.


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

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