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

Example Sentences

a trait found in successive generations made the honor roll for three successive school terms
Recent Examples on the Web After successive generations, our iPhone got notably warm to the touch. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2022 Long the world’s largest and most advanced chipmaker, Intel has lost both titles following a series of technological failures that delayed successive generations of microprocessors. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2022 The successive generations depicted over the two hours and 10 minutes (performed without an intermission) are fictionalized. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Before their literary pursuits, June and Jennifer indulged their imaginations by building entire families of dolls, complete with successive generations and complex family trees—a fact that Rupik loved. Laura Zornosa, Time, 20 Sep. 2022 This is the core concept of supersymmetry (SUSY), a set of theories that have profoundly shaped successive generations of today’s researchers. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2022 The Kiesendahl family has welcomed successive generations of families to their properties in the best tradition of true hospitality. Roger Sands, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Since 2016, every American election has revolved around Trump, from his surprise election as President to two successive cycles of backlash, plus numerous special, off-year and runoff elections in between. Time, 12 Oct. 2022 The last time such a move happened in successive seasons was when Lewis took over in Detroit for 2002-03, after Scotty Bowman went out on top with a Stanley Cup in 2001-02. Tim Reynolds, Sun Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Successive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/successive. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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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