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English noun: succession

1. succession (attribute) a following of one thing after another in time


SamplesThe doctor saw a sequence of patients.


Synonymschronological sequence, chronological succession, sequence, successiveness


Broader (hypernym)temporal arrangement, temporal order


Narrower (hyponym)pelting, rain, rotation, row, run

2. succession (group) a group of people or things arranged or following in order


SamplesA succession of stalls offering soft drinks.
A succession of failures.


Broader (hypernym)series


Narrower (hyponym)cascade, parade, run, streak

3. succession (act) the action of following in order


SamplesHe played the trumps in sequence.


Synonymssequence


Broader (hypernym)order, ordering


Narrower (hyponym)alternation, chess opening, opening

4. succession (process) (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


Synonymsecological succession


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Domain categorybionomics, ecology, environmental science

5. succession (act) acquisition of property by descent or by will


Synonymstaking over


Broader (hypernym)acquisition









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