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 The multiplier effect of successive generations would decimate the natural food supply, including the mast a forest depends on for regeneration. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "Hunting With Dogs is the Best Way to Bag Late-Winter Squirrels," 15 Jan. 2020 The first is in the slow, methodical work of traditional hybridization, attempting with each successive generation a tree that will be naturally resistant to the fungus. Washington Post, "Blight wiped out the American chestnut. Parallel efforts are close to bringing it back.," 18 Dec. 2019 Suitcases were strewn around the stage, and then stacked to represent the city’s skyline, conjuring the land of opportunity that drew successive generations of immigrants and refugees from mainland China. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul," 9 Dec. 2019 Keeping the actual trees alive by growing successive generations through cloning and grafting is the only way to assure their lineage. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Fire Blight Spreads Northward, Threatening Apple Orchards," 2 Dec. 2019 In 1955, upon graduating from New York Medical College, Martin would become the seventh Dr. Ill in four successive generations. courant.com, "Martin Fridolin Ill," 17 Nov. 2019 That allowed device makers like Apple to make successive generations of smartphones radically better without making them larger or more expensive. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "How Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, planned his own obsolescence," 28 June 2019 His coalition of nationalist and religious parties failed to win a majority in two successive elections, in April and September. The Economist, "Israel’s charged politics Binyamin Netanyahu’s allies reconsider their indicted leader," 28 Nov. 2019 To prevent a repeat of successive fraudulent elections, Afghanistan introduced expensive new measures ahead of September’s presidential vote, including the capturing of fingerprints and photos of each voter at the time of polling. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Afghan Vote Crawls Toward Crisis, With No Results After 2 Months," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of successive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jan 2020

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“Successive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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successive

adjective
How to pronounce successive (audio)

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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successively adverb
successiveness noun

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