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Succession definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUCCES'SION, n. [L. successio.]
1. A following of things in order; consecution; series of things following one another, either in time or place. Thus we speak of a succession of events in chronology, a succession of kings or bishops, and a succession of words or sentences.
2. The act of succeeding or coming in the place of another; as, this happened after the succession of that prince to the throne. So we speak of the succession of heirs to the estates of their ancestors, or collateral succession.
3. Lineage; an order or series of descendants.
A long succession must ensue.
4. The power or right of coming to the inheritance of ancestors. He holds the property by the title of succession.
What people is so void of common sense,
To vote succession from a native prince?
Succession of crops, in agriculture, is more generally called rotation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a following of one thing after another in time; "the doctor saw a sequence of patients" [syn: sequence, chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological succession]
2: a group of people or things arranged or following in order; "a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession of failures"
3: the action of following in order; "he played the trumps in sequence" [syn: succession, sequence]
4: (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established [syn: succession, ecological succession]
5: acquisition of property by descent or by will [syn: succession, taking over]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin succession-, successio, from succedere Date: 14th century 1. a. the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, title, or throne b. the right of a person or line to succeed c. the line having such a right 2. a. the act or process of following in order ; sequence b. (1) the act or process of one person's taking the place of another in the enjoyment of or liability for rights or duties or both (2) the act or process of a person's becoming beneficially entitled to a property or property interest of a deceased person c. the continuance of corporate personality d. unidirectional change in the composition of an ecosystem as the available competing organisms and especially the plants respond to and modify the environment 3. a. a number of persons or things that follow each other in sequence b. a group, type, or series that succeeds or displaces another successional adjective successionally adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the process of following in order; succeeding. b a series of things or people in succession. 2 a the right of succeeding to the throne, an office, inheritance, etc. b the act or process of so succeeding. c those having such a right. 3 Biol. the order of development of a species or community; = SERE(3). Phrases and idioms: in quick succession following one another at short intervals. in succession one after another, without intervention. in succession to as the successor of. law of succession the law regulating inheritance. settle the succession determine who shall succeed. Succession State a State resulting from the partition of a previously existing country. Derivatives: successional adj. Etymology: ME f. OF succession or L successio (as SUCCEED)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Succession Suc*ces"sion, n. [L. successio: cf. F. succession. See Succeed.] 1. The act of succeeding, or following after; a following of things in order of time or place, or a series of things so following; sequence; as, a succession of good crops; a succession of disasters. 2. A series of persons or things according to some established rule of precedence; as, a succession of kings, or of bishops; a succession of events in chronology. He was in the succession to an earldom. --Macaulay. 3. An order or series of descendants; lineage; race; descent. ``A long succession must ensue.'' --Milton. 4. The power or right of succeeding to the station or title of a father or other predecessor; the right to enter upon the office, rank, position, etc., held ny another; also, the entrance into the office, station, or rank of a predecessor; specifically, the succeeding, or right of succeeding, to a throne. You have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark. --Shak. The animosity of these factions did not really arise from the dispute about the succession. --Macaulay. 5. The right to enter upon the possession of the property of an ancestor, or one near of kin, or one preceding in an established order. 6. The person succeeding to rank or office; a successor or heir. [R.] --Milton. Apostolical succession. (Theol.) See under Apostolical. Succession duty, a tax imposed on every succession to property, according to its value and the relation of the person who succeeds to the previous owner.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(successions) 1. A succession of things of the same kind is a number of them that exist or happen one after the other. Adams took a succession of jobs which have stood him in good stead... Scoring three goals in quick succession, he made it 10-8... N-SING: oft N of n, also in N 2. Succession is the fact or right of being the next person to have an important job or position. She is now seventh in line of succession to the throne. N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Sequence, consecution. 2. Series, suite, progression, chain, concatenation. 3. Lineage, race, line of descendants. 4. (Mus.) Notes of melody (as distinguished from chords of harmony).

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