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1  —as in:
a succession of events
Definition series or sequence (one after another)
  • She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was forced to resign after a succession of scandals.
  • succession = series (one after another)
  • The Beatles went through a succession of drummers before asking Ringo Starr to join them.
  • succession = series (one after another)
  • Winston heard a succession of shrill cries which appeared to be occurring in the air above his head.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • succession = series (one after another)
  • In the succession of houses that Ralph had known, this one stood out with particular clarity because after that house he had been sent away to school.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • succession = series (one after another)
  • Sam was born in 1959, and four other children, Stacy, Shawna, Shelly, and Shannon, followed in quick succession.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • succession = sequence (one after another)
  • They were so delighted with the song that they sang it right through five times in succession, and might have continued singing it all night if they had not been interrupted.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • succession = a row (each time immediately after the prior time)
  • They rose up, in such quick succession, that he could hardly count them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • succession = sequence (one after another)
  • A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • succession = series (one after another)
  • From the street below came a succession of honks and the braying of a donkey, the whistle of a policeman.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
succession = series (one after another)

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2  —as in:
presidential line of succession
Definition replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
  • Some investors are nervous that the founder and CEO is elderly, but others are comforted by a rigorous succession plan.
succession = replacement of someone who leaves a job or position
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is third in line for succession to the throne.
  • succession = taking on the title and responsibilities
  • The Speaker of the House is second in the line of the U.S. presidential line of succession.
  • succession = replacement
  • The time she was removed from succession to the throne came back to Redd with the full force of its heart-stopping gall... The ever wise Queen Theodora announced that she could not allow such an unruly daughter to have queenly power.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • succession = filling a job or position with a new person after another person leaves it
  • The Reverend Mother dare not become involved in the succession.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • succession = replacement (of someone taking a job or position after another person leaves it)
  • How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • succession = replacement of the king
  • Rippleton Holabird was elected full Director now, in succession to Gottlieb, and he sought to use Martin as the prize exhibit of the Institute.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • succession = replacement
  • When Soso breathed his last, there was no plan of succession, no obvious designee.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • succession = replacement (of someone to take a job or position after another person leaves it)
  • Always before, it has been the way of succession, but times have changed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • succession = filling a job or position with a new person after another person leaves it
  • The line of succession rightfully ends with her.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
succession = filling a job or position with a new person after another person leaves it

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