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 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 Quin Snyder said that those second games against an opponent in quick succession can test your level of execution, but the Jazz really passed that with flying colors, and on both ends of the floor. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Jazz out-Spurs the Spurs with consistency of execution on both ends, regain No. 1 seed," 5 May 2021 The Viltrumite slaughter sequence emphasizes the ruthless frenzy of this culling process, showing a variety of Viltrumite killings in quick succession. Oliver Sava, Vulture, "Invincible Season-Finale Recap: My Father the Hero," 1 May 2021 Pulling the stalk toward them a second time, in quick succession, will activate Autosteer, if the system is available. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "One of Autopilot's features was active in fatal Tesla crash," 28 Apr. 2021 The removal of four cancer approvals in quick succession is unprecedented. Matthew Perrone, Star Tribune, "FDA to scrutinize unproven cancer drugs after 10-year gap," 25 Apr. 2021 The different types follow each other in quick succession. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Yeast Is Vital For Wine, But Does It Matter Where It Comes From?," 15 Apr. 2021 Sundaresan, an Indian cryptocurrency entrepreneur, began to raise the price in giant leaps—by $2 million, then $8 million, then $15 million in quick succession. Simon Willis, Fortune, "Crypto millionaires’ love of NFTs is a boon for the aging art market—but galleries may miss out," 14 Apr. 2021 The toilet flushed-not once or twice, but three times in quick succession. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'The Dating Plan' Is Our April Book Club Pick," 29 Mar. 2021 Junior Ryan Costeiu entered and induced a strikeout and 5-3 groundout in quick succession to snuff out the Bulldogs’ biggest threat to that point. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, "Razorbacks sweep No. 4 Mississippi State on the road," 28 Mar. 2021

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

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“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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