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From Old French succession, from Latin successio.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /səkˈsɛʃ.ən/
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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[1]:
      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[2]:
      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. A race or series of descendants.
  6. (agriculture) Rotation, as of crops.
  7. A right to take possession.
  8. (historical) In Roman and Scots law, the taking of property by one person in place of another.
  9. (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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Borrowed from Latin successio, successionem.



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

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