Definitions of succession

  1. a following of one thing after another in time; " the doctor saw a sequence of patients"
  2. acquisition of property by descent or by will
  3. a group of people or things arranged or following in order; " a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; " a succession of failures"
  4. 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.
  5. An order or series of descendants; lineage; race; descent.
  6. 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.
  7. The person succeeding to rank or office; a successor or heir.
  8. The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a states intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.
  9. The act of following in order; a series of persons or things that follow according to a fixed order; as, a succession of letters or kings; act of taking or right to take the place of another; as, succession to an office.
  10. Act of succeeding or following after: series of persons or things following each other in time or place: series of descendants: race: rotation, as of crops: right to take possession.
  11. Act of following; series of persons or things; race; right to possess in turn.
  12. A following consecutively.
  13. A sequence.
  14. Series of things following one another, either in time or place; the act or the right of succeeding or coming in the place of another; lineage. Apostolical succession, the uninterrupted transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of bishops from the apostles; the successive notes in melody.
  15. A series of persons or things following one another either in time or place; the act of succeeding or coming in the place of another; race; lineage.