Etymology
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succession (n.)

early 14c., "fact or right of succeeding someone by inheritance," from Old French succession "inheritance; a following on" (13c.), from Latin successionem (nominative successio) "a following after, a coming into another's place, result," noun of action from successus, past participle of succedere (see succeed). Meaning "fact of being later in time" is late 14c. Meaning "a regular sequence" is from mid-15c.

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Definitions of succession

succession (n.)
a following of one thing after another in time;
Synonyms: sequence / chronological sequence / successiveness / chronological succession
succession (n.)
a group of people or things arranged or following in order;
a succession of failures
a succession of stalls offering soft drinks
succession (n.)
the action of following in order;
Synonyms: sequence
succession (n.)
(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;
Synonyms: ecological succession
succession (n.)
acquisition of property by descent or by will;
Synonyms: taking over
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