succession

noun

suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio)
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
sək-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce succession (audio)
-ˈse-shə-nᵊl
adjective
successionally adverb

Example Sentences

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 Kim Jong Un’s daughter made her second public appearance with her father in days, sparking speculation about the North Korean despot’s possible succession plans. Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, 27 Nov. 2022 But on Saturday, the dominoes fell in near-perfect succession. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2022 She was born around 69 B.C. into the Ptolemaic dynasty, which traced itself to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt, and the regional succession of Ptolemy I in 323 B.C. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 But with Thanksgiving just days ahead and Christmas and New Year’s festivities looming, choosing wines for the steady succession of holidays can be a bit stressful too. Anna Lee Iijima, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 While Americans’ shift indoors over the winter and the succession of holiday gatherings are expected to drive up cases, federal officials are not alone in their cautious optimism. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The law criminalizes acts of succession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces. Kanis Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 Disney's board seems keen on making sure the succession goes more smoothly next time around. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 The past two succession campaigns took years to unfold through private meetings with political leaders. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of succession was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near succession

Cite this Entry

“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈsesh-ən How to pronounce succession (audio)
1
: the order, action, or right of succeeding to a throne, title, or property
2
a
: a repeated following of one person or thing after another
b
: a series of one-way changes in the composition of a biological community in which one group of plants or animals is replaced by a different group
successional
-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce succession (audio)
-ən-ᵊl
adjective

Legal Definition

succession

noun
suc·​ces·​sion sək-ˈse-shən How to pronounce succession (audio)
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
: 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
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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