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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.


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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