[ US /səkˈsɛʃən/ ]
[ UK /səksˈɛʃən/ ]
  1. a following of one thing after another in time
    the doctor saw a sequence of patients
  2. a group of people or things arranged or following in order
    a succession of stalls offering soft drinks
    a succession of failures
  3. acquisition of property by descent or by will
  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
  5. the action of following in order
    he played the trumps in sequence
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How To Use succession In A Sentence

  • The diverse problems of succession and authority which face the brothers, the audience, and the poet reflect upon one other throughout, and this self-awareness renders nugatory the traditional criticism of Statius as derivative.
  • The calced Augustinians also made their elections -- but not so quickly that we could avoid sending to them to remind them not to allow the disturbances of other times to occur in their chapter -- by having made them beforehand through their devotion to the outgoing provincial, who managed the succession for another as worthy as he. The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 24 of 55 1630-34 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, As Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing t
  • This quasi-historical fiction is followed hy a succession of fabliaux, novelle and historiettes which fill the rest of the vol.iv. and the whole of vol.v. till we reach the terminal story, The The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • The two adaxial sepals are formed in succession, and the two abaxial petals become visible.
  • I love successionist tendencies, be they Texas, Northern California, the south, Alaska or Coastopia. The palin drone
  • Only when an influence is exerted, whether immediately or through a third party, from one upon another has society come into existence in place of a mere spatial juxtaposition or temporal contemporaneousness or succession of individuals. Introduction to the Science of Sociology
  • He became physician general to the Army in the Austrian war of succession, was appointed physician to King George III, was knighted in 1762 and later received a baronetcy.
  • Albicores, bonitoes, and dolphins followed the ship for several days in succession; and one albicore, which had a mark on his back, from which we knew it, followed us from 3 degrees north latitude to 10 degrees south latitude, a distance of eight hundred and forty miles. Mark Seaworth
  • Nor does he discuss another dialectic, between the Scherzo's anapestic and amphibrach crotchet groups, sublated after the Trio in that startling alla breve succession of equal minims; nor the hunting topos of the Trio.
  • He is imprisoned for a year for having acted as Castlewood's second in the duel, for which Lady Castlewood bitterly reproaches him, and on his release joins the army and fights in the war of the Spanish Succession.
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