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

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 The seven workers were killed by three successive strikes on three cars traveling along a road in Gaza. Peter Baker, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The team had scheduled meetings with Oakland and Sacramento officials on successive days this week and is nearing a deal to play next season at Sutter Health Park, home of the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, Sacramento radio host Dave Weiglein reported Wednesday night. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 The protests come at a crucial time for India, which has a national election in April-May in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing party is widely expected to secure a third successive term. Rishi Lekhi and Ashok Sharma, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 City officials and business owners have had to balance the billions of dollars generated by visitors with successive years of unruly crowds and spring break violence. Carlos Suarez, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 The breaks in the image are caused by successive satellite overhead passes. Jay Anderson, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 Things just haven’t been the same since the second-year center got diagnosed with a contusion following successive hits to the lower back in November, creating a situation that has taken longer than anticipated. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 15 Feb. 2024 For a second successive Sunday, the cherry blossoms remained in bloom in the capital, displaying their brilliant whiteness against a bright blue sky on Palm Sunday, this year’s first Sunday of astronomical spring. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 However, Jiménez was forced out in 1958, and successive governments lost interest in the complex, which remained unfinished. John Otis, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024

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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

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“Successive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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

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