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.

Definitions of consecutive
  1. adjective
    one after the other
    synonyms: back-to-back
    coming after or following
  2. adjective
    in regular succession without gaps
    synonyms: sequent, sequential, serial, successive
    having a systematic arrangement; especially having elements succeeding in order according to rule
  3. adjective
    successive (without a break)
    synonyms: straight
    continuous, uninterrupted
    continuing in time or space without interruption
  4. adverb
    in a consecutive manner
    synonyms: sequentially
Commonly confused words

concurrent / consecutive

Bad guys don’t like these words because they often describe jail terms: concurrent means at the same time, and consecutive means one after the other in a series. Con artists would rather serve concurrent terms and get them over with, instead of consecutive ones.

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