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She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
  happening in a specific order — especially chronological order
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  • She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
  • The story is told sequentially.
  • Please start at the beginning and tell the story in sequence.
  • She is outstanding at sequential reasoning while he excels at leaps of intuitive insight.

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  • One by one, in sequence, I tugged on each of the ropes,
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • In his mind, he reviewed the sequence of events that had begun in the cave.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He tried to imagine the sequence of events:
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Her carefully planned sequence of events was disrupted,
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • She seems to be performing operations in the wrong sequence.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark

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  • At end of intermission, the following enter single file, row by row, ... entering in sequence as follows:
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • I mean, the way he hammered home his points, one by one, in logical sequence.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Always remember, fencing requires a mastery of skills that are sequential and hierarchical in nature.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • In the preparations for the ’Forest Journey’, the Sumerian, Old Babylonian, and Assyrian all give a slightly different sequence of events.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • …you.
    What should come first
    Or second
    Or third.
    I tried so hard to keep it all organized, alphabetized,
    stacked in chronological order, everything in its
    perfect space, its perfect place.
    I thought that’s what life wanted me to do.
    This is what life needed for me to do.
    Right?
    Keep it all in sequence?
    Sometimes life gets in your way.
     It gets all up in your damn way.
    But it doesn’t get all up in your damn way because it
    wants you to just give up and let it take control.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • His dad had calibrated fifty different rides to occur in a random sequence, so Luke would never know what to expect.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The sequence repeats.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Check this out," he said, and showed her a sequence from an action movie where, instead of Bruce Willis, the protagonist now seemed to be Francis Garaventa.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Since I realize that what I must now recount may strain the credulity of some of my readers; and since I have no technical knowledge whatsoever about radio, I can do no more than put forward an explanation given to me later by an expert, together with the assurance that no mere biologist could possibly have invented the sequence of events which followed.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In Jane Austen’s Persuasion I had come across the lines, "she had been forced into prudence in her youth—she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning."
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • These kids could remember complicated strands of numbers and recall words and pictures in correct sequence and quote long passages of poetry.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • His father was just no help at all, refusing either to expire or stop mumbling (you thought his father was dead but that was in the fake-out, don’t forget—Morgenstern was just edging into the nightmare sequence, so don’t be confused) and start making sense.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • "Ready" was always first in the command sequence.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • I’ve got some toddler memories, but my first sequence recall is kindergarten; no matter how hard I’ve tried to forget the experience.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Now he was in utter darkness, feeling himself being pitched forward in a sequence of jerks and rushes, the wind rushing past him.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • As if joining scraps of fabric to make a quilt, Molly puts them in the right sequence and stitches them together, creating a pattern that was impossible to see when each piece was separate.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The sequential detonations will destroy the sphere along with the compression phase.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It takes thirteen steps to open, and she discovers the sequence in under five minutes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • We were both so young; he probably doesn’t remember the sequence of events correctly.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Billie talked as if he were living a dream sequence, which perhaps he was.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • What is interesting about those speeches when read in sequence is their development.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She paused, in sequence groping for then finding the right word in French, Polish, German and Russian but totally at sea in English.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Grim River and the horseradish factory were only the first of a sequence of tragic and unpleasant episodes that bring a frown to my face and a tear to my eye whenever I think about them.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • Jen had explained it to him once, told him the exact sequence of buttons to hit to disable it.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • Munro also expressed his admiration with another deep salaam, followed by a very expressive if indelicate sequence of hand movements which I gathered were meant to be praising my physical appearance as well.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Earlier, the galleries had seemed fairly straightforward, a meandering but logical sequence where all tributaries flowed into the gift shop.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Becky’s mouth watered as she dreamed of some fabulous sequence of tastes: foie gras, wild-berry duck, all washed down with an expensive champagne.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Not of the actual events, but of the sequence.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We’d have to design the detonation sequence with great care, and once it’s in motion, we couldn’t hope to control it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A whole sequence of new thoughts, hopeless but mournfully pleasant, rose in his soul in connection with that tree.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Angry now, they made another run, and set up the overlap and cross on the right side—the very sequence Luma had warned her players to shut down.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • This was done not so much for effect as because he was trying to remember the sequence of muscle movements.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He understood nothing of it, but he understood that it had been precisely the sequence of events to expect from his daughter.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She places the box on a rubber pad, then punches a sequence on her keypad.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • So I went to my adviser and the dean in sequence and said, I have a problem.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Consider the long sequence of incidents which have all pointed to some sinister influence which is at work around us.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • There was a certain method in the Count’s inquiries, so I shall try to put them down in sequence.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Some battles had been cut into many scenes, which were scattered through the various videos; by watching them in sequence, Ender was able to reconstruct whole battles.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
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