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Noun: succession  suk'se-shun
  1. A following of one thing after another in time
    "the doctor saw a succession of patients";
    - sequence, chronological sequence, successiveness, chronological succession
  2. A group of people or things arranged or following in order
    "a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession of failures"
  3. The action of following in order
    "he played the trumps in succession";
    - sequence
  4. (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
    - ecological succession
  5. Acquisition of property by descent or by will
    - taking over
  6. The inheriting of a title, office or power, esp. a royal title

Derived forms: successions

Type of: acquisition, action, activity, natural action, natural process, order, ordering, series, temporal arrangement, temporal order

Encyclopedia: Succession