Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a serial or successive manner; one following another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a successive manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In succession; in a series or uninterrupted order, one following another.
  • By order of succession and inheritance.
  • Successfully; fully; completely; entirely.

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

  • adv. in proper order or sequence

Etymologies

successive +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In his description of the manner in which these forms cohere and successively unfold, he introduces one of the basic concepts of higher space thought; namely, that in the "descent of forms" from space to space, that which in the higher exists all together -- that is, _simultaneously_ -- can only manifest itself in the lower piecemeal -- that is, _successively_.

    Four-Dimensional Vistas

  • He then joined Imperial Oil Limited where he made his mark in successively more responsible assignments until he gained the Presidency in 1960.

    The Incredible Resource Battle

  • Tale: saves hero successively from a falling tree, a falling doorway, and a serpent, but is turned into a stone for eight years for licking the blood of the serpent from heroine's breast, and is eventually restored to life by hero's child.

    Tales of the Punjab

  • Severe flogging with the bamboo, rattan, cudgel, and knotted whip successively, is one of the most usual means of extorting confession; and when death results from the process, the magistrate reports that the criminal has died of sickness, and in the few cases in which there may be reason to dread investigation, the administration of a bribe to the deceased man's friends insures silence.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • There may be said to be three leading phases which the word successively presents, three steps in its history.

    English Past and Present

  • My father had brought up a young person, who had been his footman, valet, secretary, and in short successively all in all.

    Autobiography: Truth and Fiction Relating to My Life

  • The people who settled the town called successively Terminus, Marthasville and Atlanta, were a pushy people.

    Gone with the Wind

  • This will indeed be the fitting climax of that process of integration which, starting with the family, the smallest unit in the scale of human organization, must, after having called successively into being the tribe, the city-state, and the nation, continue to operate until it culminates in the unification of the whole world, the final object and the crowning glory of human evolution on this planet.

    The Promised Day Is Come

  • Lenten sermons in Venice, and his success was so great that he was called successively to all the principal cities of the peninsula.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Father between each ten, while at each of these fifteen decades we recall successively in pious meditation one of the mysteries of our

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

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