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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The ministry said an independent National Commission on Human Rights addressed concerns over violations of minority rights and that successive governments in the Muslim-majority nation had made the protection of minorities a priority. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms," 11 Dec. 2018 The rule has been reversed and reinstated in successive Democratic and Republican administrations. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Set to Extend Program Aimed at Fighting AIDS," 30 Nov. 2018 In each successive feature release of Windows 10, Edge has been improved. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 This served to help the Reds achieve a Champions League spot for a second successive season and allowed them to progress to the very game where Karius's flaws were laid bare. SI.com, "Why Liverpool Need to Forget Signing a New Keeper & Stick With Loris Karius," 10 July 2018 The new one has bigger wheel housings and a slightly wider body but the same long hood, sloping roof and prominent headlights that have marked successive versions since 1963. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports car," 28 Nov. 2018 The logs indicate that various maintenance procedures were performed, but issues related to airspeed and altitude continued on each successive flight. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lion Air Black Box Shows Pilots Tried to Fight Automatic Controls," 28 Nov. 2018 Law enforcement conducted coordinated raids across Europe to take out the networks, followed by successive takedowns of the fake websites. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Eight With Online-Ad Fraud," 27 Nov. 2018 Even after successive purges, the administration remains leaky and factious. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 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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successively adverb
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