succession

noun

suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio)
1
a
: the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, title, or throne
b
: the right of a person or line to succeed
c
: the line having such a right
2
a
: the act or process of following in order : sequence
b(1)
: the act or process of one person's taking the place of another in the enjoyment of or liability for rights or duties or both
(2)
: the act or process of a person's becoming beneficially entitled to a property or property interest of a deceased person
c
: the continuance of corporate personality
d
: unidirectional change in the composition of an ecosystem as the available competing organisms and especially the plants respond to and modify the environment
3
a
: a number of persons or things that follow each other in sequence
b
: a group, type, or series that succeeds or displaces another
successional
sək-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce succession (audio)
-ˈse-shə-nᵊl
adjective
successionally adverb

Examples of succession in a Sentence

As third in the line of succession, she would only become queen if her brothers both died or became ineligible.
Recent Examples on the Web Flexibility And Fair Price Owners may want to sell their business as part of a succession plan, make a career change or even take on a different role within their company. Evan Edwards, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 But as many baby boomer employers reach retirement age without a succession plan, employee ownership is becoming an important option that can ease the disruption to workers in businesses that would otherwise shutter their doors. Jules Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Feb. 2024 Tran and Underwood spent time with each other’s families, watched each other’s kids grow up, and even talked about succession plans. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 While Hamlin’s collision and fall took place in quick succession on live TV, the symptoms of CTE may not emerge until years after the head injuries happen. Adina Wise, STAT, 9 Feb. 2024 This move represents the culmination of years of ongoing discussions between Armada and ATEC, as well as careful consideration for their succession plan and future growth strategy. Brooke Zangaro, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 This is a quintessential beach town, a place where cheery orange beach cottages from the Roaring ’20s line the strand, waves break in endless succession and the city’s iconic pier stretches into the Pacific like a lingering farewell. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Even so, the main draw has to be the succession of waterfront terraces, with daybeds for sunbathing and step ladders that lure you into the deep blue sea. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 In the 1990s, India had a succession of shaky coalition governments, and the judiciary grasped the opportunity to accumulate more power for itself by instituting the collegium system. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin succession-, successio, from succedere

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of succession was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near succession

Cite this Entry

“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈsesh-ən How to pronounce succession (audio)
1
: the order, action, or right of succeeding to a throne, title, or property
2
a
: a repeated following of one person or thing after another
b
: a series of one-way changes in the composition of a biological community in which one group of plants or animals is replaced by a different group
successional
-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce succession (audio)
-ən-ᵊl
adjective

Legal Definition

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio)
1
a
: the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, position, title, or throne
the sequence of succession to the presidency
b
: the right of a person or line of ancestry to succeed
c
: the line of ancestry having such a right
2
a
: the act or process of following in order
b
: the act or process of one person's taking the place of another in the enjoyment of or liability for rights or duties or both
3
: the act or process by which a person becomes entitled to the property or property interest of a deceased person and especially an intestate : the transmission of the estate of a decedent to his or her heirs, legatees, or devisees
also : the estate of the deceased including assets and liabilities
used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana
intestate succession
: the transmission of property or property interests of a decedent as provided by statute as distinguished from the transfer in accordance with the decedent's will
also : the operation of such statutory provisions in transmitting intestate property
would take the property by intestate succession
in the civil law of Louisiana : property that is not disposed of by will but by operation of statute who presents himself to claim an intestate successionLouisiana Civil Code
testate succession
: the transmission of property in accordance with a valid will
vacant succession
in the civil law of Louisiana : an estate that has not been claimed, of which the heirs are unknown, or that has been renounced by all of the heirs
4
a
: the continuance of a corporation's status as a legal person
perpetual corporate succession
b
: the act or process by which one corporation assumes ownership of another
documents…that all aim to prepare your company for its new owner's successionSaul Berkowitz
5
: the act or process by which one state takes over or follows upon another and becomes entitled to its rights and position in international law
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