succession

noun
suc·ces·sion | \sək-ˈse-shən \

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, -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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As the favorites, in quick succession, were exposed and ejected, a path seemed to open up before Southgate’s young team. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 The report also said the agency was not prepared to deal with such massive storms in quick succession and at the same time as destructive wildfires in California. CBS News, "FEMA says it underestimated the devastation Hurricane Maria would have on Puerto Rico," 12 July 2018 Invasive Scotch broom is disrupting natural forest succession and ruining prime salmon habitat as its yellow scourge spreads along the Hoh River and in other Olympic Peninsula salmon strongholds. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Battling Scotch broom along Olympic’s Hoh River that threatens fish, forests," 27 May 2018 The agency plans to excavate and identify the remains, left exposed by a succession of powerful winter storms, and re-inter unclaimed sets of remains on the mainland. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Winter weather helped uncover a dark past on Gallops Island," 3 May 2018 Constitutionally Mr Putin cannot stand in 2024, and from now on political life will be dominated by the question of succession and expectation of his departure. The Economist, "A new generation is rising in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018 Witnesses heard several gunshots fired in rapid succession and saw several people running down the street. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Wanted Akron pimp shot through the ear in Cleveland," 27 Feb. 2018 The succession decision by Deloitte’s board was unrelated to the woman’s allegations, a company spokesman said. NBC News, "Former Deloitte employee: Company 'failed me' in blocking sexual assault investigation," 9 July 2018 Family successions have taken place in other countries on the continent in the past decade. Elie Smith, Bloomberg.com, "Sassou Nguesso's Son May Vie to Succeed Him as Congo Leader," 5 June 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 \

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 \

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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