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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Succession \Suc*ces"sion\, n. [L. successio: cf. F. succession.
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.
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.
He was in the succession to an earldom. --Macaulay.
3. An order or series of descendants; lineage; race; descent.
"A long succession must ensue." --Milton.
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.
You have the voice of the king himself for your
succession in Denmark. --Shak.
The animosity of these factions did not really arise
from the dispute about the succession. --Macaulay.
5. The right to enter upon the possession of the property of
an ancestor, or one near of kin, or one preceding in an
6. The person succeeding to rank or office; a successor or
heir. [R.] --Milton.
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,
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a following of one thing after another in time; "the doctor
saw a sequence of patients" [syn: sequence,
chronological sequence, succession, successiveness,
2: a group of people or things arranged or following in order;
"a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession
3: the action of following in order; "he played the trumps in
sequence" [syn: 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
[syn: succession, ecological succession]
5: acquisition of property by descent or by will [syn:
succession, taking over]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
207 Moby Thesaurus words for "succession":
Indian file, accession, affiliation, afterlife, alternation,
ancestry, anointing, anointment, apparentation, appointment, array,
arrogation, articulation, assignment, assumption, at intervals,
attainment, authorization, bank, bequeathal, bequest, birth,
birthright, blood, bloodline, borough-English, branch, breed,
brood, buzz, catena, catenation, chain, chain reaction, chaining,
children, coheirship, coming after, common ancestry, concatenation,
connection, consanguinity, consecration, consecution,
consecutively, consecutiveness, continuation, continuity,
continuum, conveyance, conveyancing, coparcenary, coronation,
course, cycle, delegation, deputation, derivation, descendants,
descent, devolution, direct line, distaff side, drone, dynasty,
election, elevation, empowerment, endless belt, endless round,
entail, extension, extraction, family, female line, file,
filiation, flow, following, fruit, future time, gamut, gavelkind,
gradation, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, hangover, heirloom,
heirs, heirship, hereditament, heritable, heritage, heritance,
hostages to fortune, house, hum, in a row, in line, in order,
in succession, incorporeal hereditament, inheritance, inheritors,
issue, kids, lateness, law of succession, legacy,
legitimate succession, line, line of descent, line of succession,
lineage, little ones, logical sequence, male line,
mode of succession, monotone, new generation, next life, nexus,
offspring, order, order of succession, patrimony, pendulum,
periodicity, phylum, plenum, postdate, postdating, posteriority,
posterity, postposition, postremogeniture, powder train,
primogeniture, procession, progeny, progression, prolongation,
promotion, provenience, queue, race, range, rank, recurrence,
remainder, reticulation, reversion, rising generation, rotation,
round, round robin, routine, row, run, running, scale, seed,
seizure, sept, sequel, sequence, series, shift, shifting trust,
shifting use, side, single file, sons, spear side, spectrum,
spindle side, stem, stirps, stock, strain, string, subjunction,
subsequence, successively, successiveness, suffixation, suite,
supervenience, supervention, swath, sword side, taking over,
thread, tier, train, transfer, transferral, transmission,
transmittal, treasures, turn, ultimogeniture, uninterruptedly,
usurpation, windrow, younglings, youngsters
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
SUCCESSION, in Louisiana. The right and transmission of the rights an
obligations of the deceased to his heirs. Succession signifies also the
estate, rights and charges which a person leaves after his death, whether
the property exceed the charges, or the charges exceed the property, or
whether he has left only charges without property. The succession not only
includes the rights and obligations of the deceased, as they exist at the
time of his death, but all that has accrued thereto since the opening of the
succession, as also of the new charges to which it becomes subject. Finally,
succession signifies also that right by which the heir can take possession
of the estate of the deceased, such as it may be.
2. There are three sorts of successions, to wit: testamentary
succession; legal succession; and, irregular succession. 1. Testamentary
succession is that which results from the constitution of the heir,
contained in a testament executed in the form prescribed by law. 2. Legal
succession is that which is established in favor of the nearest relations of
the deceased. 3. Irregular succession is that which is established by law in
favor of certain persons or of the state in default of heirs either legal or
instituted by testament. Civ. Code, art. 867-874.
3. The lines of a regular succession are divided into three, which rank
among themselves in the following order: 1. Descendants. 2. Ascendants. 3.
Collaterals. See Descent. Vide Poth. Traite des Successions Ibid. Coutumes
d'Orleans, tit. 17 Ayl. Pand. 348; Toull. liv. 3, tit. 1; Domat, h.t.; Merl.
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
SUCCESSION, com. law. The mode by which one set of persons, members of a
corporation aggregate, acquire the rights of another set which preceded
them. This term in strictness is to be applied only to such corporations. 2
Bl. Com. 430.
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