succession

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noun suc·ces·sion \ sək-ˈse-shən \

Definition of succession

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

play \-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

successionally

adverb

Examples of succession in a Sentence

  1. As third in the line of succession, she would only become queen if her brothers both died or became ineligible.

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Origin and Etymology of succession

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



SUCCESSION Defined for English Language Learners

succession

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Definition of succession for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

succession

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noun suc·ces·sion \ sək-ˈse-shən \

Definition of succession for Students

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

Law Dictionary

succession

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noun suc·ces·sion \ sək-ˈse-shən \

legal Definition of succession

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
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 succession
  • Louisiana 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 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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