- 1A number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other: she had been secretary to a succession of board directorsMore example sentences
- The game came alive in the 20th minute when Bury, following a succession of a five-metre scrums, were eventually awarded a penalty try, the conversion a formality.
- Following a succession of attacks, a large breakaway group moved clear on the first of three laps and opened up a decisive lead over the rest.
- The city has struggled following a succession of high-profile business closures and job losses.
- 1.1 Geology A group of strata representing a single chronological sequence.More example sentences
- Deep drilling in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea floor revealed a continental and oceanic substratum covered by upper Miocene and younger sedimentary successions.
- At this location, a succession of chloritized volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks are over-thrust by a massive undeformed quartz diorite.
- Second, there are many stratigraphical and palaeontological similarities in the Palaeogene successions of the Hampshire and London basins.
- 2The action or process of inheriting a title, office, property, etc.: the new king was already elderly at the time of his successionMore example sentences
accession, elevation, assumption
- As a fruit of the Pombaline vision, Goa is today the only State in India to have a uniform civil code, which ensures women equal rights of succession, property and inheritance.
- I think he was confusing the constitutional succession in office with who was in charge.
- The Lib Dem policy would prove even more progressive than the mayor's plans, with partnerships that were binding in matters of inheritance, pensions and succession of tenancy.
- 2.1The right or sequence of inheriting a position, title, etc.: the succession to the Crown was disputedMore example sentences
- Succession to the throne is based at present on the principle of male primogeniture, embodied in the Salic law, according to which male heirs take precedence and the right of succession belongs to the eldest son.
- William's own ambitions centred on preserving his wife's and his own right of succession to the throne, and in securing England's participation in the continental war.
- If he does not submit his request to Parliament or if approval is not granted, then the royal loses his right of succession to the throne.
- 2.2 Ecology The process by which a plant or animal community successively gives way to another until a stable climax is reached. Compare with sere2.More example sentences
- They represent communities early in plant succession, which can take many centuries in frigid ecosystems.
- Cattle or sheep grazing is known to have a selective effect on the composition of plant communities in early succession.
- Diversity increases as succession continues, only leveling off when succession has reached its final stage.
in quick (or rapid) succession
- Following one another at short intervals.More example sentences
- Numerous other hit songs were to follow in rapid succession.
- This was followed in rapid succession by a letter informing me that the card had been cancelled due to non-payment.
- The acts followed in quick succession, mostly performing two or three songs each.
- Following one after the other without interruption: she won the race for the second year in successionMore example sentences
- For the second year in succession, Carlisle are staring into the abyss of relegation from the Football League.
- It is no coincidence that for the second Olympics in succession, cycling and sailing have won a good collection of golds.
- Then, for the second tournament in succession, it was the fitness of another player that determined his fate.
in succession to
- Inheriting or elected to the place of: he is not first in succession to the presidencyMore example sentences
- He was elected to the position, in succession to Cllr.
- He is well known on the local circuits and in Ballina where his speciality was coverage of the Town Council on which he honed the journalistic talents that won him the prestigious editorial chair in succession to myself and Terry.
- He added: ‘I have been here full-time for three and a half years as resident judge, in succession to Judge Tucker.’
settle the succession
- Determine who shall succeed someone.More example sentences
- He settled the succession on his nephew, Princess Fei-ti's son.
- The Italian states were deeply affected by the European wars that were fought to settle the succession of the crowns of Spain, Poland, and Austria.
- When Bishop Rudd delivered a sermon at court in March 1596 which urged the Queen to settle the succession because of the likely imminence of her death, he was briefly confined for his presumption.
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- I challenged him specifically on the question of biostratigraphy and the successional order of appearance of the various forms of life in the fossil record.
- Make successional sowings of beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radish and turnips.
- However, our sampling approach did allow us to assess how the natural distribution of successional environments impacted spatial variation in fish assemblages among drainages.
Middle English (denoting legal transmission of an estate or the throne to another, also in the sense 'successors, heirs'): from Old French, or from Latin successio(n-), from the verb succedere (see succeed). The term in ecology dates from the mid 19th century.