Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A substitute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which supplies the place of another; that which is used for something else; a substitute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) One who, or that which, succeeds to the place of another; that which is used for something else; a substitute

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  • noun A substitute, replacement for something else, particularly of a medicine used in place of another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin succēdāneum, from Latin, neuter sing. of succēdāneus, substituted, from succēdere, to succeed; see succeed.]

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Modern Latin, neuter singular of Latin succedaneus ‘acting as substitute’, from succedere ‘come close after’, from sub- + cedere ‘go’.

Examples

  • The order is peculiarly Moslem, in fact the succedaneum for the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Líf,” a succedaneum for the unclean sponge, not unknown in the “Turkish Baths” of London.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Scott renders “pepper” (Lane i. 8) and it forms a clean succedaneum for one of the uncleanest articles of civilisation, the sponge.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is very certain, that speculation is no succedaneum for life.

    Uncollected Prose

  • The observers can demonstrate that they are real observers and not a succedaneum like the Carter Center.

    Electoral trouble ahead in Venezuela

  • The observers can demonstrate that they are real observers and not a succedaneum like the Carter Center.

    11/27/2005 - 12/04/2005

  • The bark of the willow has, indeed, been justly considered as a succedaneum for Peruvian bark, as has also that of the horse-chestnut tree, the leaf of the holly, the snake-root, etc. It was evidently necessary to make trial of this substance, although not so valuable as Peruvian bark, and to employ it in its natural state, since they had no means for extracting its essence.

    The Mysterious Island

  • The bark of the willow has, indeed, been justly considered as a succedaneum for Peruvian bark, as has also that of the horse-chestnut tree, the leaf of the holly, the snake-root, etc. It was evidently necessary to make trial of this substance, although not so valuable as Peruvian bark, and to employ it in its natural state, since they had no means for extracting its essence.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Besides, since nature supplies cold as sparingly, we must do as the apothecaries do who, when they cannot get a simple, take its succedaneum or quid pro quo, as they call it — such as aloes for balsam, cassia for cinnamon.

    The New Organon

  • Mr. Rerechild, the Barchester doctor whom she employed; and then the young mother mentioned some shockingly modern succedaneum which

    Barchester Towers

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