successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive | \ sək-ˈse-siv How to pronounce successive (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Intel has stumbled in its primary business, manufacturing microprocessors, due to recurring problems manufacturing successive generations of the chips at its Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro. oregonlive, "Intel unloads its memory chip business for $9 billion," 20 Oct. 2020 The difficulty in ending Italians’ love affair with cash is a lesson successive governments have learned the hard way. Craig Stirling, Bloomberg.com, "Italy’s Love of Cash Is Tested by Conte’s Tax Capture Trick," 7 Oct. 2020 These jobs have also been regularly held by members of the same family for successive generations. Author: Jada Yuan, Anchorage Daily News, "Concern rises for White House residence staff as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot," 6 Oct. 2020 Singapore has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, a statistic that successive governments have attempted unsuccessfully to reverse. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby during the pandemic," 6 Oct. 2020 Because of the random reshuffling of genes in each successive generation, some of your ancestors contribute disproportionately to your genome, while others contribute nothing at all. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Humans Are All More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think," 5 Oct. 2020 These jobs have also been regularly held by members of the same family for successive generations. Washington Post, "Concern rises for White House residence staff as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot," 5 Oct. 2020 With each successive generation, some of my Chinese culture has become more diluted. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, "3 Couples Share Their Best Advice for Navigating an Interracial Relationship Right Now," 17 Aug. 2020 That level of success, though, has meant enormous pressure upon each successive generation of Indonesian players. New York Times, "‘When You Say Badminton, You Say Indonesia’," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of successive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2020

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“Successive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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successive

adjective
How to pronounce successive (audio)

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 How to pronounce successive (audio) \

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 How to pronounce successive (audio) \

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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successively adverb
successiveness noun

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