音标: [kənˈsekjətɪv]

If things are consecutive, they happen one after the other with no break. If there are five consecutive snowstorms on five consecutive days, you’ll have to shovel your way out on day six.

Consecutive comes from the Latin consecutus, meaning “following closely” with no gap. Just like those snowstorms — one storm happened each day, back to back, for five days in a row. Consecutive numbers also follow each other, or advance in the right order. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 are consecutive numbers. You should number the pages on a term paper to keep them consecutive so the teacher doesn’t get confused.

Concurrent and Consecutive

Consecutive has a good deal in common with the complementary word concurrent. Besides the fact that both begin with the prefix con- (meaning “with, together”), each word deals with the time-order in which several things happen. Concurrent describes things that are occurring, or people who are doing something, at the same time, such as “concurrent users” of a computer program. Consecutive refers to things that are arranged or happen in a sequential order. A criminal who serves a consecutive sentence does time for one conviction after another. If that person gets a concurrent sentence, he or she undergoes all punishments at the same time.

Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive.

I don’t know when, and in all that time, if it is all that time, one hundred and fifty seven coins spun consecutively have come down heads, one hundred and fifty seven consecutive times, and all you can do is play with your food.

It’s quite a thing winning the loyalty of a woman like that for nineteen consecutive seasons.

Will Jimmy Washington win his seventh consecutive gold medal?