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Definitions for successive
səkˈsɛs ɪvsuc·ces·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consecutive, sequent, sequential, serial, successiveadjective

    in regular succession without gaps

    "serial concerts"


  1. successiveadjective

    Coming one after the other in a series.

    They had won the title for five successive years.

  2. successiveadjective

    Of, or relating to a succession.

  3. Etymology: succedere, to succeed in

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUCCESSIVEadjective

    Etymology: successif, French.

    Three with fiery courage he assails,
    And each successive after other quails,
    Still wond’ring whence so many kings should rise. Daniel.

    God hath set
    Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
    Successive. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    God, by reason of his eternal indivisible nature, is by one single act of duration present to all the successive portions of time, and all successively existing in them. South.

    Send the successive ills through ages down,
    And let each weeping father tell his son. Matthew Prior.

    Plead my successive title with your swords. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.

    The empire being elective, and not successive, the emperors, in being, made profit of their own times. Walter Raleigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Successiveadjective

    following in order or in uninterrupted course; coming after without interruption or interval; following one after another in a line or series; consecutive; as, the successive revolution of years; the successive kings of Egypt; successive strokes of a hammer

  2. Successiveadjective

    having or giving the right of succeeding to an inheritance; inherited by succession; hereditary; as, a successive title; a successive empire

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. successif. See Succeed.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'successive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4653

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'successive' in Adjectives Frequency: #639

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of successive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of successive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of successive in a Sentence

  1. Kate Bedingfield:

    Despite the breathless coverage each new View Trump attack gets, this endless rotation of the same debunked smears isn't the product of strategic genius, it's a sign of myopia and desperation as each successive attempt backfires, re-elevating a massive View Trump liability while leaving View Trump campaign scrambling to find something new.

  2. Secretary Alex Azar:

    For 15 years now, this country has had a massive effort at the federal, state and local level of preparedness for pandemic, we knew about SARS, we knew about MERS, which were earlier modifications of the coronavirus. None of those achieved anything like what we are seeing today. But that is why four successive presidencies, including the leadership of President President Donald Trump, there has been a great focus on pandemic preparedness.

  3. Mariana Fulger:

    You have to go through successive diluting and crystallization to find your true light.

  4. Jonathan Hoffman:

    Anthony Tata was tested today and has tested positive for COVID-19 on two successive tests. Anthony Tata will isolate at home for the next 14 days in accordance with Center for Disease Control protocols.

  5. National Weather Service:

    The cumulative effect of successive heavy rainfall events will lead to additional instances of flooding. This includes rapid water rises, mudslides, and the potential for major river flooding.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. suffuse
    • B. abet
    • C. descant
    • D. monish

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