successive

adjective

suc·​ces·​sive sək-ˈse-siv How to pronounce successive (audio)
1
: following in order : following each other without interruption
their fourth successive victory
2
: characterized by or produced in succession
successively adverb
successiveness noun

Example Sentences

a trait found in successive generations made the honor roll for three successive school terms
Recent Examples on the Web Two games into the second half of the season, the Bruins (34-5-4) have yet to sustain successive defeats, recovering from a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Kraken last week with wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday and Philadelphia Flyers Monday. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Jan. 2023 With each successive draft, her design got less fussy, more eye-catching—and more totally unusual. Dan Kois, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2023 The reward amount had risen over the last three months, since the last jackpot was won on Oct. 14, getting higher after successive draws had no winner. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2023 The couple waited in a temporary waiting room in the hospital’s foyer after completing triage at around 11:20 a.m. Holthoff didn’t enter an exam room until 3 p.m., with her pain intensifying over successive hours. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 11 Jan. 2023 Though only a half-dozen DJs in America would spin the remixed version of Too Fast for Love Elektra re-released, the record has now gone platinum, and each successive Crüe record has gone double-platinum with increasing, astonishing speed. Dean Kuipers, SPIN, 8 Jan. 2023 Each successive ruling party in Iran changed fashion to align with their political point of view. ELLE, 5 Jan. 2023 On three successive ballots, 20 Republican holdouts supported someone else for speaker, blocking McCarthy from attaining a majority and prolonging the deadlock. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2023 The party won a second successive landslide victory in the 2020 general election, a result that triggered its overthrow by the military the following year. Time, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'successive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of successive was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near successive

Cite this Entry

“Successive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive sək-ˈses-iv How to pronounce successive (audio)
: following in order : following each other without interruption
failed in three successive tries
successively adverb
successiveness noun

Legal Definition

successive

adjective
suc·​ces·​sive sək-ˈse-siv How to pronounce successive (audio)
1
a
: 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
successively adverb
successiveness noun

More from Merriam-Webster on successive

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY