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

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 Rolling murdered five students in Gainesville, Florida, in quick succession, raping, stabbing, and mutilating his victims. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 For example, seeing that the QuickBooks account was created last week or that numerous invoices have been created in quick succession in the period immediately prior to an application should raise a red flag. Pete Lord, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Their thinking is that a summer booster drive so close to the fall could confuse Americans on when to re-up their protection and potentially cause some to lose confidence in the shots if boosters are offered in such quick succession. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 29 July 2022 Oseary spent a year with the founder, who’d proven his Silicon Valley savvy by launching three billion-dollar companies in quick succession. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 28 July 2022 Lois Garlow, 21, a member of the women’s team, rattled off a number of such incidents in quick succession. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Weeks later, her mother and father both passed away in quick succession. Liam Hess, Vogue, 21 July 2022 One shot behind him was McIlroy, who has yet to win that elusive fifth major after collecting four in quick succession early in his career. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Multiple shots are fired off in quick succession by the officer. Gloria Rebecca Gomez, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for succession

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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