American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Following in uninterrupted order; consecutive: on three successive days.
- adj. Of, characterized by, or involving succession: the government successive to the fallen monarchy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Following in order or uninterrupted course, either in time or in place, as a series of persons or things; consecutive.
- Inherited by succession; having or giving the right, of succeeding to an inheritance; hereditary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Following in order or in uninterrupted course; coming after without interruption or interval; following one after another in a line or series; consecutive.
- adj. obsolete Having or giving the right of succeeding to an inheritance; inherited by succession; hereditary.
- adj. in regular succession without gaps
- Latin succedere, to succeed in (Wiktionary)
“If such families had any real existence they could have been formed only by crossing, by the accumulation of successive variations (_variation successive_), and by degeneration from an original type; but if we once admit that there are families of plants and animals, so that the ass may be of the family of the horse, and that the one may only differ from the other through degeneration from a common ancestor, we might be driven to admit that the ape is of the family of man, that he is but a degenerate man, and that he and man have had a common ancestor, even as the ass and horse have had.”
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“The first two years of her life were spent in successive phases.”
“Other researchers discovered a disturbing trend among the over 13,000 visits of outpatients with mental disorder diagnoses: the number of psychotropic medications prescribed increased in successive years.”
“Now, with the holidays over, we have seen two rises in successive weeks, and now Sir Liam says he thinks "this might be the start of the second wave".”
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“Piedmont the land rolled down in successive waves upon Oakland.”
“Zaiger and his staff make repeated and complex crosses in successive generations to make a bridge between two species.”
“I think it's the first time we've had someone speak in successive years.”
“Missouri just played an emotional game at Nebraska and now draws Oklahoma State and Texas in successive weeks.”
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