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Definition 1: the action of following in order - [noun denoting act]

Samples where succession or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he played the trumps in sequence

Synonyms for succession in the sense of this definition

(succession is a kind of ...) the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

"there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"

(... is a kind of succession ) a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

"he memorized all the important chess openings"

(... is a kind of succession ) successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

"a trill is a rapid alternation between the two notes"

Definition 2: acquisition of property by descent or by will - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for succession in the sense of this definition

(succession is a kind of ...) the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

"the acquisition of wealth" "the acquisition of one company by another"

Definition 3: a following of one thing after another in time - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where succession or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the doctor saw a sequence of patients

Synonyms for succession in the sense of this definition

(succession is a kind of ...) arrangement of events in time

(... is a kind of succession ) anything happening rapidly or in quick successive

"a rain of bullets" "a pelting of insults"

(... is a kind of succession ) a planned recurrent sequence (of crops or personnel etc.)

"crop rotation makes a balanced demand on the fertility of the soil" "the manager had only four starting pitchers in his rotation"

(... is a kind of succession ) a continuous chronological succession without an interruption

"they won the championship three years in a row"

(... is a kind of succession ) an unbroken chronological sequence

"the play had a long run on Broadway" "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"

Definition 4: a group of people or things arranged or following in order - [noun denoting group]

Samples where succession or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a succession of stalls offering soft drinks
  • a succession of failures

(succession is a kind of ...) similar things placed in order or happening one after another

"they were investigating a series of bank robberies"

(... is a kind of succession ) a succession of stages or operations or processes or units

"progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring" "separation of isotopes by a cascade of processes"

(... is a kind of succession ) an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things

"a parade of strollers on the mall" "a parade of witnesses"

(... is a kind of succession ) an unbroken series of events

"had a streak of bad luck" "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"

Definition 5: (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 - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for succession in the sense of this definition

(succession is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(succession belongs to category ...) the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment

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