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 What will unfold next is a quick succession of jabs about reenacting Grey Gardens on the Upper East Side, which then turns into reciprocal accusations of who isn't a girls-girl to really get the party started. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Real Housewives of New York City Taught Me Everything I Know About Confrontation," 26 Sep. 2020 Carr Drive 337: $390,000, Succession of Farrell J. Nicholson and succession of Marie Therese Legendre to Jason B. Doyle and John Welch. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 25 Sep. 2020 Rape, murder, arson, infanticide and betrayals of every stripe follow one another in relentless succession. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ prequel is just as transporting — and lengthy — as his famous epic," 22 Sep. 2020 While the soundbar clearly indicated volume changes with a succession of lights, the lack of precision felt like an oversight. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Panasonic SoundSlayer review: What are the advantages of a soundbar built specifically for gaming?," 22 Sep. 2020 Bush wound up with two vacancies to fill in quick succession. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, "Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat," 22 Sep. 2020 The dome is a succession of murals of the four seasons, then a cycle based on the Book of Genesis topped by mosaics depicting the sun, the moon, and the planets. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Immovable Raphael," 19 Sep. 2020 In either case, Agrippina had greased the succession machine so that Nero, just 17, slid smoothly onto the throne following Claudius’ death, past the slightly younger Britannicus. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020 The delicacies arrive in slow succession—asparagus mousse, cauliflower soup, filet mignon of pomfret, and duck cutlets. Sona Bahadur, Quartz India, "The pandemic has taken away the delight of companionship while having a meal," 17 Sep. 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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“Succession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succession. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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