2. A series of persons or things according to some established rule of precedence; as, a succession of kings, or of bishops; a succession of events in chronology. "He was in the succession to an earldom." (Macaulay)
4. The power or right of succeeding to the station or title of a father or other predecessor; the right to enter upon the office, rank, position, etc, held ny another; also, the entrance into the office, station, or rank of a predecessor; specifically, the succeeding, or right of succeeding, to a throne. "You have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark." (Shak) "The animosity of these factions did not really arise from the dispute about the succession." (Macaulay)
Origin: L. Successio: cf. F. Succession. See Succeed.
(01 Mar 1998)
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