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This is the use case:

"...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken."

I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or consecutivity....??? But these are of course not real words.

For more clarity: I don't want to have the term bound to any misleading things. The use case I gave was an example but this term needs to be abstracted due to the nature of the real problem as it relates to software. i.e. String, chain, etc.

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Where is this place? –  Rupe Aug 7 at 20:14
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Usually, the repetitive sequence that gets "broken" is a cycle. –  FumbleFingers Aug 8 at 1:40
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Since "consecutive" is specified, everything from "until" onward feels a bit redundant –  Alex Aug 8 at 9:49
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c-c-c-c-combo breaker. –  Alex M. Aug 8 at 15:40
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@AlexM. always cite your sources! –  Patrick M Aug 8 at 15:58

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"Until the streak is broken"; alternatively (synonymously) run or spell.

Or, you could describe it as a "series of events" (or sequence, which has an embedded notion of "consecutivity"), as in "the series was interrupted by...".

Finally, you could describe the entire thing as "a continuity", though that tends to deemphasize the discrete events.

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Streak is good. If nothing better comes I'll mark as answer. +1 for now –  MegaMark Aug 7 at 19:49
    
I really like some of these, series I can't use, sequence is good but again I can't use, I really like continuity... but I don't think I can use that either... wow... I might have to succumb to one of these... I don't think it gets any closer... –  MegaMark Aug 7 at 20:06
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Streak is idiomatically appropriate, I doubt that there is anything better that could come along. +1 from me too. :-) –  Hellion Aug 7 at 20:06
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+1 for "run" — it's a straight definition of the word: a continuous spell of a particular situation or condition. –  anotherdave Aug 8 at 14:11
    
Run is the mathematical term. –  Per Alexandersson Sep 6 at 11:43

You mention this relates to software, so some other terms came to my mind:

  • pattern: You are describing a behavior that keeps happening, until it doesn't (the pattern is broken).
  • repetition (or loop): Doing the same thing over and over again, until you decide to stop (the repetition stops today; the loop ended).

Also in software, I would refer to such a situation as a missed event or skipped event. In this case, the "daily visit" is the event, so you could end your phrase with "until a day is missed", or "until a day is skipped".

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It looks like you mean something like until the string is broken. See [Merriam-Webster's definition 5(b)(1):

a series of things arranged in or as if in a line : a string of cars : a string of names

Thus one could have a string of days, and speak of something happening until the string is broken.

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Yes, but I really don't like string in this context... but yes you're on right track. –  MegaMark Aug 7 at 19:43
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"Chain" seems like it would be better. –  tobyink Aug 8 at 19:18

I would use the word trend to describe this constant recurrence:

"...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the trend is broken."

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I don't really see why you need to say anything. Why not '5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop'. By adding 'until the run is broken' you are effectively saying the same thing over again. You have covered your bases by use of the word 'consecutive'.

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yes, with the only exception to that being it's software requirement related and must be spelled out as if to children leaving no room for misinterpretation. lol you know how it is. Still +1 because you're not wrong! –  MegaMark Aug 15 at 20:52
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@MegaMark Or you could just say '5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day until either A) the sight of doughnuts males you feel sick, or B) you are too fat to get in the door! –  WS2 Aug 16 at 5:37

How about succession?
noun
1. a number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other. "she had been secretary to a succession of board directors" synonyms: sequence, series, progression, chain, cycle, round, string, train, line, run, flow, stream More GEOLOGY a group of strata representing a single chronological sequence.

2. the action or process of inheriting a title, office, property, etc. "the new king was already elderly at the time of his succession" synonyms: accession, elevation, assumption More

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No, a succession need not be regular. I could skip a few days, and still come back to claim doughnuts. –  Ollie Ford Aug 7 at 20:57

The word Recurrence could be used to indicate repetition of discrete events...

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Hi Great Dane, this answer is ok, but would be better with an example of how you'd use it. –  dwjohnston Aug 7 at 23:42

Rephrase as "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each day until an interval (gap, break) occurs in the consecutive business days you visit the shop."

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5 doughnuts to be awarded each day until you fail to collect them on 1 or more days.

Works for this case.

I don’t think there is a clear wording that works for all consecutive-events that is understood by most English users without a background in formal university level maths.

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As I read the question, visiting the shop is the important thing; collecting the doughnuts on any given day probably is not a requirement for maintaining eligibility to collect them the next day. –  jwpat7 Aug 9 at 4:09
    
Yes, the requirement is consecutive days visiting the shop... the reward is 5 doughnuts each day. –  MegaMark Aug 12 at 8:46

Five donuts to be awarded each day until the condition is broken. That is, the shopkeeper established a condition (daily visits) that must be fulfilled for the donut awards to continue.

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