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 for Apostolical succession
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Succession \Suc*ces"sion\, n. [L. successio: cf. F. succession.
     See Succeed.]
     1. The act of succeeding, or following after; a following of
        things in order of time or place, or a series of things so
        following; sequence; as, a succession of good crops; a
        succession of disasters.
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     2. A series of persons or things according to some
        established rule of precedence; as, a succession of kings,
        or of bishops; a succession of events in chronology.
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              He was in the succession to an earldom. --Macaulay.
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     3. An order or series of descendants; lineage; race; descent.
        "A long succession must ensue." --Milton.
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     4. The power or right of succeeding to the station or title
        of a father or other predecessor; the right to enter upon
        the office, rank, position, etc., held ny another; also,
        the entrance into the office, station, or rank of a
        predecessor; specifically, the succeeding, or right of
        succeeding, to a throne.
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              You have the voice of the king himself for your
              succession in Denmark.                --Shak.
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              The animosity of these factions did not really arise
              from the dispute about the succession. --Macaulay.
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     5. The right to enter upon the possession of the property of
        an ancestor, or one near of kin, or one preceding in an
        established order.
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     6. The person succeeding to rank or office; a successor or
        heir. [R.] --Milton.
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     Apostolical succession. (Theol.) See under Apostolical.
     Succession duty, a tax imposed on every succession to
        property, according to its value and the relation of the
        person who succeeds to the previous owner. [Eng.]
     Succession of crops. (Agric.) See Rotation of crops,
        under Rotation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L.
     apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
     1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times,
        or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the
        apostolic age.
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     2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or
        taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice.
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     3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
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     Apostolical brief. See under Brief.
     Apostolic canons, a collection of rules and precepts
        relating to the duty of Christians, and particularly to
        the ceremonies and discipline of the church in the second
        and third centuries.
     Apostolic church, the Christian church; -- so called on
        account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order.
        The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem
        were called apostolic churches.
     Apostolic constitutions, directions of a nature similar to
        the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same
        authors or author.
     Apostolic fathers, early Christian writers, who were born
        in the first century, and thus touched on the age of the
        apostles. They were Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and
        Hermas; to these Barnabas has sometimes been added.
     Apostolic king (or majesty), a title granted by the pope
        to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive
        propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of
        the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of
        Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
     Apostolic see, a see founded and governed by an apostle;
        specifically, the Church of Rome; -- so called because, in
        the Roman Catholic belief, the pope is the successor of
        St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, and the only
        apostle who has successors in the apostolic office.
     Apostolical succession, the regular and uninterrupted
        transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of
        bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
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