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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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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Over time, Gagne’s machine learning model is refined, improving its predictions with each successive run. Matthew Cappucci, The Denver Post, "Using facial recognition technology to predict hailstorms," 23 Aug. 2019 The battle to take these sites stretched on through the day, causing great losses among the French, who were able to launch successive attacks on the allies’ infantry. National Geographic, "Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo—here’s what went wrong," 15 Aug. 2019 The Celtics coached by Bob Calpin and Sam Koster had built up a lead only to see coach James Romeo’s Legendary Warriors stage a comeback with Rome Rouse scoring six successive points to take a short lived 15-14 lead. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Summer hoopsters have a cool blast at Holiday Park," 15 Aug. 2019 Yet calls for an independent investigation into police conduct have faced fierce opposition, and in the meantime police behavior only appeared to get more aggressive, with each successive incident adding to the public outrage. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 The Pioneers boys’ track and field team captured its second successive league title, with a Prep League championship to go alongside their Liberty League crown a season earlier. Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Looking Back: Providence excels amidst challenges in new league," 6 Aug. 2019 Despite an overall market downturn of six percent, the ninth successive quarterly slide, Huawei managed to grow 31 percent year-on-year to capture 38 percent share at home. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Huawei revenue jumps 23 percent despite US crackdown," 30 July 2019 This is the second successive Premier League season that Burnley and Southampton have met on MD1. SI.com, "Premier League Team News: Burnley vs Southampton - Confirmed Lineups," 10 Aug. 2019 The 26-year-old man accused of separately luring two men to a quiet, winding road in the hills of unincorporated San Mateo County and stabbing them to death on successive nights last month has requested to represent himself in his trial. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Skyline stabbing suspect asks to represent himself in trial," 7 July 2019

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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 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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successiveness noun

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