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 Vespasiano also served a succession of popes, some less eager than others to commission books. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘The Bookseller of Florence’ Review: Manuscripts and Medicis," 23 Apr. 2021 Short-cycle and long-cycle succession planting are explained in clear and accessible language. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Grow Bag Gardening’: No weeds, root circling or heavy lifting with these eco-friendly fabric planters," 23 Apr. 2021 While this particular study was focused on succession bias, there are plenty of other explanations for ageism—and non-egalitarians are perfectly capable of holding ageist views, too. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Older people are the one group egalitarians discriminate against," 22 Apr. 2021 The event consisted of a succession of minute-long condemnations of the new president and his failure to stem the flow of the hundred thousand migrants who had shown up at the U.S. New York Times, "Liz Cheney vs. MAGA," 22 Apr. 2021 His birth was historic: Louis is the first male heir born in the royal family who will not displace his older sister Charlotte in the succession to the throne. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis turns 3! Duchess Kate shares new birthday photo of the youngest Cambridge," 22 Apr. 2021 But the couple’s rapid succession of marriages and divorces has left officials gobsmacked. BostonGlobe.com, "For extra days off, couple had 4 weddings and 3 divorces, officials say," 22 Apr. 2021 Robert Runcie drew a succession of accolades as the head of the country’s sixth-largest school system, enjoying the backing of unions, principals and business leaders. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Superintendent Robert Runcie, now charged with perjury, long dealt with criticism after Parkland shooting," 21 Apr. 2021 Back in the 1990s and 2000s, China built a succession of small experimental destroyers classes in a bid to catch up with the Western navies. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, "Patrol By Chinese Carrier Reveals Beijing’s Modern Surface Fleet," 20 Apr. 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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“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for succession

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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