successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive | \sək-ˈse-siv \

Definition of successive 

1 : following in order : following each other without interruption their fourth successive victory

2 : characterized by or produced in succession

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Other Words from successive

successively adverb
successiveness noun

Examples of successive in a Sentence

a trait found in successive generations made the honor roll for three successive school terms

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Egypt was eliminated after three successive defeats in the World Cup. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 Her management of the euro area debt crisis did her no favors with her base, which grew increasingly frustrated with each successive bailout package. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 Homicides soared starting in 2015, and the city has recorded more than 300 killings in three successive years. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Baltimore Police Commissioner Resigns After Federal Charges," 15 May 2018 This marked the third successive year that Cardinal Gibbons has stepped up to help Broward Special Olympics. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Special Olympians carry the touch of success at County Summer Games," 31 Mar. 2018 Previous mosaics discovered at Huqoq include depictions of Samson, Noah’s Ark and Jonah being swallowed by three successive fish. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning biblical 'spies' mosaic discovered in Israel," 12 July 2018 Buffon won nine Serie A titles with Juventus and four successive Italian Cups. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Buffon joins PSG on one-year contract," 6 July 2018 But membership in the English heartland has been shrinking over the years, as Britain's population ages, and the average Church of England member today is 68 years old, despite successive attempts by Church leaders to boost appeal. Robert Stevens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Church of England's outreach effort may mean end of 'snobbishness'," 5 July 2018 Eric Dier scored the decisive kick to end a run off five successive tournament exits on penalties, including the 2006 World Cup — the last time England reached the last eight. Houston Chronicle, "England defeats Colombia on PKs to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of successive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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successive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of successive

: following one after the other in a series : following each other without interruption

successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive | \sək-ˈse-siv \

Kids Definition of successive

: following in order and without interruption The family became more powerful with each successive generation.

Other Words from successive

successively adverb

successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive | \sək-ˈse-siv \

Legal Definition of successive 

1a : of or relating to succession successive rights

b : created by succession

2 : following in order : following each other without interruption successive bankruptcy filings

3 : of, relating to, or being a petition for habeas corpus that raises a claim already adjudicated

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