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Definitions for succession
səkˈsɛʃ ənsuc·ces·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sequence, chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological successionnoun

    a following of one thing after another in time

    "the doctor saw a sequence of patients"

  2. successionnoun

    a group of people or things arranged or following in order

    "a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession of failures"

  3. succession, sequencenoun

    the action of following in order

    "he played the trumps in sequence"

  4. succession, ecological successionnoun

    (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established

  5. succession, taking overnoun

    acquisition of property by descent or by will


  1. successionnoun

    An act of following in sequence.

  2. successionnoun

    A sequence of things in order.

  3. successionnoun

    A passing of royal powers.

  4. successionnoun

    A group of rocks or strata that succeed one another in chronological order.

  5. Etymology: From successio, successionem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Successionnoun

    Etymology: succession, French; successio, Latin.

    St. Augustine, having reckoned up a great number of the bishops of Rome, faith, in all this order of succession of bishops there is not one found a Donatist. Richard Hooker.

    Reflection on appearances of several ideas, one after another, in our minds, furnishes us with the idea of succession. John Locke.

    Let a cannon-bullet pass through a room, and take with it any limb of a man, it is clear that it must strike successively the two sides of the room, touch one part of the flesh first, and another after, and so in succession. John Locke.

    These decays in Spain have been occasioned by so long a war with Holland; but most by two successions of inactive princes. Francis Bacon.

    The smallest particles of matter may cohere by the strongest attractions, and compose bigger particles of weaker virtue; and many of these may cohere and compose bigger particles, whose virtue is still weaker; and so on for divers successions, until the progression end in the biggest particles, on which the operations in chymistry and the colours of natural bodies depend. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    And his succession, granted Rome a tribute. William Shakespeare, Cymbel.

    A long succession must ensue;
    And his next son the clouded ark of God
    Shall in a glorious temple enshrine. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    What people is so void of common sense,
    To vote succession from a native prince? Dryden.


  1. Succession

    Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence.


  1. succession

    Succession refers to the process or act of one person or entity following another in an ordered sequence, often related to inheriting a title, office, property, or role. This term is commonly used in fields such as law, business, ecology, and politics, where it might signify the transfer of leadership, rights, or responsibilities. The exact rules and procedures involved in succession can vary widely depending on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Successionnoun

    the act of succeeding, or following after; a following of things in order of time or place, or a series of things so following; sequence; as, a succession of good crops; a succession of disasters

  2. Successionnoun

    a series of persons or things according to some established rule of precedence; as, a succession of kings, or of bishops; a succession of events in chronology

  3. Successionnoun

    an order or series of descendants; lineage; race; descent

  4. Successionnoun

    the power or right of succeeding to the station or title of a father or other predecessor; the right to enter upon the office, rank, position, etc., held ny another; also, the entrance into the office, station, or rank of a predecessor; specifically, the succeeding, or right of succeeding, to a throne

  5. Successionnoun

    the right to enter upon the possession of the property of an ancestor, or one near of kin, or one preceding in an established order

  6. Successionnoun

    the person succeeding to rank or office; a successor or heir

  7. Etymology: [L. successio: cf. F. succession. See Succeed.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'succession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4651

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'succession' in Nouns Frequency: #1926

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of succession in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of succession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of succession in a Sentence

  1. Kurt Campbell:

    Several administrations in succession in the United States have tried this effort to launch more fundamental efforts, policies, frameworks in Asia, East Asia, Indo-Pacific, and found themselves stymied, or misdirected, or directed towards other pursuits, and that has been something that I think all of us are deeply aware of in the formulation and execution of policy.

  2. Jeff Kingston:

    It is a sensible option and necessary in terms of managing risk but the elite conservatives that govern have resisted strongly despite robust public support for female succession.

  3. Mark McLaughlin:

    Over the course of several quarters, I have been discussing succession planning with the Board and I couldn't be more pleased that we have found a leader in Nikesh.

  4. Ed Owens:

    Symbolically, the transition towards the succession is already underway.

  5. Meiko Hirayama:

    I personally think a female imperial member should be allowed (to remain in the family), i guess the male line of succession would be kept through the crown prince and his brother, but I think there should be no problem that there could be a female emperor someday.

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