Definition of succedaneum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəksəˈdānēəm/

noun (plural succedanea /-nēə/)

dated or literary
A substitute, especially for a medicine or drug.
Example sentences
  • There is nothing so pleasant as to give oneself trouble for a person who is worth one's while. For the best of us, the study of the arts, a taste for old things, collections, gardens are all mere ersatz, succedanea, alibis.
  • In lieu of me, you will have a very charming succedaneum, Lady Harriet Stanhope.



Pronunciation: /ˌsəksəˈdānēəs/
Example sentences
  • And the reason of it is, because this satisfaction, by a succedaneous substitution of one to undergo punishment for another, must be founded in a voluntary compact and agreement.
  • Often these roots are flared, and the apical portions may be amputated and left behind in the jaw as the succedaneous tooth erupts.
  • Although the deciduous teeth are in time replaced by the succedaneous teeth, the deciduous teeth play a very important role in the proper alignment, spacing, and occlusion of the permanent teeth.


Early 17th century: modern Latin, neuter of Latin succedaneus 'following after', from succedere 'come close after' (see succeed).

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