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Etymology edit

Inherited from Middle English [Term?], from Old French succession, from Latin successiō (noun).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /səkˈsɛʃ.ən/
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Noun edit

succession (countable and uncountable, plural successions)

  1. An act of following in sequence.
    • 2023 December 27, David Turner, “Silent lines...”, in RAIL, number 999, page 29:
      In 1958, it was reported that for "the fourth year in succession, staff of four South London stations have combined to decorate the booking hall at Peckham Rye station". They installed a nativity scene, models of Father Christmas, and a sleigh driven by huskies, and Christmas trees were placed around the station.
  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.

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin successiōnem (accusative singular successiōnem).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /syk.sɛ.sjɔ̃/, /syk.se.sjɔ̃/
  • (file)

Noun edit

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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