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1 a following of one thing after another in time; "the doctor saw a sequence of patients" [syn: 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 sequence" [syn: 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: ecological succession]
5 acquisition of property by descent or by will [syn: taking over]

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  1. The act of following in sequence
  2. A sequence of things arranged in order
  3. The passing of royal powers


following in sequence
sequence arranged in order
passing of royal power

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Extensive Definition

For the 30 Rock episode, see Succession (30 Rock)
Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence. (It is not to be confused with secession, the act of withdrawing from an organization, union, or political entity.)

Succession in office

In politics, succession is the ascension to power by one politician or monarch after another, usually in a clearly defined order. See, for example:

Position or role succession

In large corporations, companies, non-profit organizations and associations, temporary succession to elected positions may be specified in their bylaws. Permanent succession to elected positions is based on board or membership votes. Succession planning for key employees or positions helps prevent disruption when a position becomes vacant.

Legal succession: Inheritance or heirship

Succession of property at law covers the two distinct concepts of inheritance (a gift made by will or other testamentary document on death) and heirship, which applies where property passed to one or more dependants according to a formula set out in law, religion, custom or under the terms of a trust. Succession may also apply to artificial persons, usually through corporate mergers or reorganizations.

Musical succession

In music or musical set theory, a succession is a series of any musical parameters including pitches, pitch classes, or simultaneities (see simultaneity succession). Succession may be thought of as a more general term for any possible progression, as in chord progression or harmonic progression, though not all simultaneity successions are harmonic progressions.

Ecological succession

Ecological succession refers to the often predictable series of changes in an ecological community over time after a disturbance, such as a fire, hurricane, or a small-scale disturbance.

Urban succession

Drawing from the concept of ecological succession, urban geographers have noted that many urban areas can be described with a similar model of "urban succession." For example, as neighbourhoods mature, old houses get replaced by condominiums and town houses, which in turn eventual develop into higher density housing. Nevertheless, there are inherent problems with this model as many exceptions exist.
succession in Danish: Succession
succession in German: Erbfolge
succession in Esperanto: Sukcedo
succession in French: Succession
succession in Dutch: Successie
succession in Polish: Konkluzja
succession in Swedish: Succession
succession in Ukrainian: Сукцесія
succession in Chinese: 继承法

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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