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SUCCESSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does succession mean? 

SUCCESSION (noun)
  The noun SUCCESSION has 5 senses:

1. a following of one thing after another in time
2. a group of people or things arranged or following in order
3. the action of following in order
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
5. acquisition of property by descent or by will

  Familiarity information: SUCCESSION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUCCESSION (noun)


Sense 1succession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A following of one thing after another in time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

chronological sequence; chronological succession; successiveness; succession; sequence

Context example:

the doctor saw a sequence of patients

Hypernyms ("succession" is a kind of...):

temporal arrangement; temporal order (arrangement of events in time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "succession"):

pelting; rain (anything happening rapidly or in quick successive)

rotation (a planned recurrent sequence (of crops or personnel etc.))

row (a continuous chronological succession without an interruption)

run (an unbroken chronological sequence)


Sense 2succession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of people or things arranged or following in order

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context examples:

a succession of stalls offering soft drinks / a succession of failures

Hypernyms ("succession" is a kind of...):

series (similar things placed in order or happening one after another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "succession"):

cascade (a succession of stages or operations or processes or units)

parade (an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things)

run; streak (an unbroken series of events)


Sense 3succession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The action of following in order

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

succession; sequence

Context example:

he played the trumps in sequence

Hypernyms ("succession" is a kind of...):

order; ordering (the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "succession"):

chess opening; opening (a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess)

alternation (successive change from one thing or state to another and back again)


Sense 4succession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

ecological succession; succession

Hypernyms ("succession" is a kind of...):

action; activity; natural action; natural process (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings))

Domain category:

bionomics; ecology; environmental science (the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment)


Sense 5succession [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Acquisition of property by descent or by will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

taking over; succession

Hypernyms ("succession" is a kind of...):

acquisition (the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something)


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