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successive Syllabification: suc·ces·sive
Pronunciation: /səkˈsesiv/

Definition of successive in English:


Following one another or following others: they were looking for their fifth successive win
More example sentences
  • York will be bidding for a third successive win following victories at Hull and at home to Horden last week.
  • The following centuries saw the successive rise and fall of new civilisations.
  • They are in a strong position this term, however, having clocked up eight successive wins.


Pronunciation: /səkˈsesivlē/
Example sentences
  • The system Ireland has used successively and will use next year is the most secure electronic system that exists in the world.
  • Pastures that are grazed successively year after year will carry over a low to moderate level of worm infection depending on weather conditions.
  • Each of these fuels is successively richer in hydrogen and poorer in carbon than its predecessor, so we seem to be moving towards using pure hydrogen.
Example sentences
  • For in all change there is successiveness, one part coming after another, and from our numbering antecedent and consequent parts of change there arises the notion of time, which is simply the numberedness of before and after in change.
  • This inadequacy is partly inherent in the fact that our terms and categories belong to discourse taken from this world of space, time, and successiveness.
  • This is a successiveness that becomes real only when the succession is completed.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin successivus, from success- 'followed closely', from the verb succedere (see succeed).

Words that rhyme with successive

aggressive, compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, obsessive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, repressive, retrogressive, transgressive
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