succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion | \ sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio) \

Definition of succession

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : a number of persons or things that follow each other in sequence
b : a group, type, or series that succeeds or displaces another

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Other Words from succession

successional \ sək-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce successional (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.

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The Giants’ franchise has a long and glorious history in the All-Star Game, dating back to 1934, when Carl Hubbell struck out five legendary American League hitters in succession. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "For the Giants’ All-Star, it was quick and unsatisfying," 9 July 2019 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the newest royal, and the little one changes the line of succession for the British throne. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How Royal Baby Archie Changes the Succession of the British Throne," 8 May 2019 Because Casiraghi and Rassam are not married yet, their new son is not eligible to be in the line of succession for the throne. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Another Royal Baby Is Here and It's Grace Kelly's Great-Grandchild," 24 Oct. 2018 Not Stopping Half-chances coming in quick succession for Neymar now. Rory Smith, New York Times, "All Eyes Are on Neymar, but It’s Coutinho Who Is Leading Brazil," 28 June 2018 The groom’s side Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and other royals -- like his father Prince Charles, who is first in the line of succession for the crown -- are present at the wedding. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding guest list," 19 May 2018 Neither of them speaks publicly on the matter of succession for obvious reasons but both will be aware of the towering example they are expected to live up to in Elizabeth II. Max Foster, CNN, "How Meghan Markle will use her royal voice," 14 May 2018 Radja Nainggolan was then sent off in the 67th minute, after picking up a second yellow card in quick succession for a wild challenge of Dybala. SI.com, "Roma 0-0 Juventus: Bianconeri Hold On to Claim Point & Win Seventh Successive Serie A Title," 13 May 2018 As required by The Succession to the Crown Act, the first six royals in succession for the throne are required to ask the queen for her permission to marry. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Queen Elizabeth Gives Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Her Official Consent to Marry," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of succession

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

History and Etymology for succession

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

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succession

noun

English Language Learners Definition of succession

: the act of getting a title or right after the person who had that title or right before you has died or is no longer able or allowed to have it also : the process by which this happens
: a series of people or things that come one after the other

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion | \ sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio) \

Kids Definition of succession

1 : a series of people or things that follow one after another A succession of police cars raced past.
2 : the order, act, or right of succeeding to a throne, title, or property

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion | \ sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio) \

Legal Definition of succession

1a : 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
2a : 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
1 : 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
2 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
4a : 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 succession— Saul 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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