(noun) The transfer of a particular office or status to another person such as a son becoming king after his father dies.


  1. A son becomes king after his father dies due to primogeniture.
  2. A company confirms who will take over when the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) steps down.
  3. A government determines who will lead in case a leader is incapacitated in anyway. For example, the United States’ presidential line of succession outlined in the United States Constitution and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 is Vice President of the United States; Speaker of the House; President pro tempore of the Senate; Secretary of State; and then the officers of the Cabinet in the order of the creation of their department.

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  • Plural: successions

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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