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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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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Due to successive rewildings and continued breeding in their natural environment, Chad’s oryx population now numbers around 100. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Staff shortages and an ever-increasing caseload have been problems for years, compounded by successive administrations using the courts to achieve political and policy goals. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With 'zero tolerance,' new strain on already struggling immigration courts," 9 July 2018 Across three successive administrations, Judge Kavanaugh has frequently ruled against the government. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, "A Champion of Constitutional Safeguards," 9 July 2018 Experts have warned that verifying and removing Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, a challenge that has bedeviled successive U.S. administrations, could easily take 10 years even assuming full North Korean compliance, which is also not a given. John Hudson, chicagotribune.com, "Pompeo travels to North Korea at critical juncture in nuclear talks," 5 July 2018 Experts have warned that verifying and removing Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, a challenge that has bedeviled successive U.S. administrations, could easily take 10 years even assuming full North Korean compliance, which is also not a given. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Pompeo travels to North Korea at critical juncture in nuclear talks," 5 July 2018 Real are yet to make any summer signings since winning a third successive Champions League title at the end of last season, while fringe players Philipp Lienhart and Omar Mascarell, both of whom spent 2017/18 out on loan, are the only departures. SI.com, "Real Madrid Denies Reports of World Record Deal for Kylian Mbappe," 4 July 2018 But the realities of Mexican politics have eroded this hope, as successive administrations have done little to curb rampant corruption, violence, impunity and inequality — and have often contributed to them. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Disenchanted Youth May Tip Mexican Election to López Obrador," 25 June 2018 The budget developments were the latest twist in the game of political chicken surrounding the TriMet Youth Pass that's continued through three successive Portland mayoral administrations after the state stopped subsidizing the program in 2011. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "Portland cuts funding for TriMet Youth Pass, but school district steps in," 3 May 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.

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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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