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Webster 1913 Edition


Succession

Suc-ces′sion

,
Noun.
[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.
Shakespeare
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.
[Eng.]
Succession of crops
.
(Agric.)
See
Rotation of crops
, under
Rotation
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Succession

SUCCES'SION

,
Noun.
[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.

Definition 2022


succession

succession

English

Noun

succession (countable and uncountable, plural successions)

  1. An act of following in sequence.
  2. A sequence of things in order.
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport:
      England gave away six penalties in the first 15 minutes and were lucky to still have 15 men on the pitch, but Kvirikashvili missed two very makeable penalties in quick succession as Georgia were unable to take advantage of significant territorial advantage.
  3. A passing of royal powers.
  4. A group of rocks or strata that succeed one another in chronological order.
  5. (obsolete, rare) The person who succeeds to rank or office; a successor or heir.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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Etymology

Borrowed from Latin successio, successionem.

Pronunciation

Noun

succession f (plural successions)

  1. succession
  2. Series
  3. Inheritance, as in the passing of possessions from a deceased person to his or her inheritors