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 Since 2014, successive ocean heat waves in the Gulf of Alaska have been reshuffling the food chain less than 50 miles south of Bristol Bay. Miranda Weiss, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 The area attracted successive waves of immigrants, including the Irish, Jewish people, Italians, Syrians, and Lebanese, drawn by low rents and work in the city’s industrial core. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Although successive waves of immigration have enriched the country and given the lie to nativist rhetoric, the fear that energized Madison Grant was never extinguished. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 For more than a year, the coronavirus has flooded the world in successive, devastating waves, leaving grief and gaping loss in its wake. NBC News, 1 Aug. 2021 But successive waves of tests showed a rising positivity rate, hitting a peak of 15 percent on July 15. New York Times, 31 July 2021 The truth is that, even after intervening in two successive U.S. elections on behalf of Trump, Russia has so far hardly figured at the top of the new Biden Administration’s priority list. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2021 Asaf Zamir is a member of the centrist Blue and White Party, which battled Netanyahu's right-wing Likud in three successive elections in under a year before forming an emergency government with it in May to combat the pandemic. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 In several successive calls, the individual attempted to establish a wire transfer of funds from the account to a recipient in the Philippines. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of successive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Successive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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

Other Words from successive

successively adverb
successiveness noun

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