1. Following one after another without interruption; successive: was absent on three consecutive days; won five consecutive games on the road.
2. Marked by logical sequence.
3. Grammar Expressing consequence or result: a consecutive clause.
[French consécutif, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōnsecūtīvus, from cōnsecūtus, past participle of Latin cōnsequī, to follow closely; see CONSEQUENT.]
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