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 successional (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 This week, a security researcher publicly shared new findings about vulnerabilities that would have allowed an attacker to exploit three Safari bugs in succession and take over a target's webcam and microphone on iOS and macOS devices. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "A Hacker Found a Way to Take Over Any Apple Webcam," 3 Apr. 2020 Ohio State received commitments from cornerback Jakailin Johnson, running back Evan Pryor, cornerback Devonta Smith and safety Andre Turrentine in succession last week. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State football coach Ryan Day explains the Buckeyes’ early 2021 recruiting success," 25 Mar. 2020 Campbell County had the biggest opening week planned during a light week on the schedule for most teams, playing St. Henry, Newport Central Catholic and Highlands in succession March 16-18. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Who are the top returning baseball players in Northern Kentucky?," 18 Mar. 2020 But these firefighters battled back In rapid succession, firefighters in one Long Beach station got COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "‘If they stare, fine.’ Adults use kiddie pools as quarantine meets L.A. heat," 6 May 2020 In fact, in the last five minutes of this episode, approximately 100 not-exactly-happy-endings occur in rapid succession. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Blacklist recap: Dead men tell no tales," 25 Apr. 2020 Sign Up Now Success and then embarrassment came in rapid succession. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Beastie Boys Keep It On and On," 24 Apr. 2020 Not surprisingly, the mousetraps fire in rapid succession and trigger the traps next to them. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Can a video of mousetraps and ping pong balls encourage people to stay socially distant?," 10 Apr. 2020 New York City, with its plan 14 years ago, recognized that the nature of a pandemic — striking in many places in rapid and devastating succession — would mean that the city, in many ways, would be on its own. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "How New York City’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for succession

succession

noun
How to pronounce succession (audio)

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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