Definition of succession
1a : the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, title, or throneb : the right of a person or line to succeedc : the line having such a right
2a : the act or process of following in order : sequenceb (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 personc : the continuance of corporate personalityd : 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 sequenceb : a group, type, or series that succeeds or displaces another
successionalplay \-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nəl\ adjective
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 of succession from the Web
Instead, over the next four years — as her mother fought to get her back — Devani suffered an odyssey of mistreatment in a succession of foster homes.
The government has avoided divisive issues including whether women should be included in the current male-only succession.
Many saw this as a stopgap measure to prevent a succession crisis.
A succession of committees have been studying for several years what to do with the more than 6 acres bounded by Sixth, Tryon, Eighth and North College streets.
The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession.
Early on in Leyden's season opener against St. Patrick, Sydorchuk stood out immediately, deftly fielding kill attempts defensively and making soft passes on offense to setter Mike Motyka, which led to a succession of points.
Berkley Drive 4953: Succession of Joy Thibodeaux Schwehm to Natasha N. Malone and Samuel C. Malone III, $127,000.
From there, Kulak set down the next five in succession, including three strikeouts.
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Origin and Etymology of succession
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin succession-, successio, from succedere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SUCCESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of succession for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of succession for Students
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
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 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
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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