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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The kitchen served up a succession of reimagined classics, from a brazenly modern take on spaetzle to a veal stew that had come a very long way from its humble origins. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 The grand jury concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children," 14 Aug. 2018 Milan have endured a complicated succession of off-field difficulties since the arrival of owner Yonghong Li and the subsequent splurge of big spending transfer activity last summer. SI.com, "AC Milan Could Be Forced to Sell Captain Leonardo Bonucci Amid Club's FFP Woes," 13 July 2018 Industry observers considered his sudden departure to fit into a succession of corporate resignations sparked by the #MeToo movement against impropriety in the workplace. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Lord Carrington was parliamentary secretary of agriculture, first lord of the Admiralty and, in a succession of Cabinet posts, secretary of defense, energy, and foreign affairs. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Lord Carrington, former UK foreign secretary, dies at 99," 11 July 2018 Re Pastore’ Told through a succession of arias, Mozart’s early work is a heart-tugging story about love versus duty. Kathleen Dixon, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area arts and entertainment highlights, week of July 15," 11 July 2018 Tree of 40 Fruit was initially conceived solely as a work of visual art, with the goal of creating a succession of blooms and fruits. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Lord Carrington was parliamentary secretary of agriculture, first lord of the Admiralty and, in a succession of cabinet posts, secretary of defense, energy and foreign affairs. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Lord Carrington, 99, Former British Foreign Secretary, Dies," 10 July 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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