Succession


Succession

Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence. (It is not to be confused with secession, the act of withdrawing from an organization, union, or political entity).

Succession may further refer to, within the context of "order" and "sequence":

*In politics, order of succession is the ascension to power by one politician or monarch after another, usually in a clearly defined order.
*In large corporations, companies, non-profit organizations and associations succession may occur to an elected position on a permanent or temporary basis.
*In music, a succession is a series of any musical parameters including pitches, pitch classes, or simultaneities.
*In ecology, ecological succession are the series of changes in an ecological community that occur over time after a disturbance.
*In urban renewal, urban succession refers to the concept that as neighbourhoods mature, older housing stock is replaced by more modern housing, which again in turn is eventual re-developed into higher density housing.
*In law, succession of property law covers the two distinct concepts of inheritance and heirship, and applies where property is passed to one or more dependants according to a formula set out in law, religion, custom or under the terms of a trust. Succession may also apply to artificial persons, usually through corporate mergers or reorganizations.
*In decomposition, different groups of animals find a corpse attractive at different stages of decomposition, resultant changes in the animal community living on a body over time are known as a succession.

Succession may also refer to:
* 30 Rock, The title of the thirteenth episode of NBC's second season of 30 Rock.


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  • succession — [ syksesjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1200; lat. successio « fait de venir à la place » → succéder I ♦ 1 ♦ Dr. Transmission du patrimoine laissé par une personne décédée (l auteur) à une ou plusieurs personnes vivantes (les ayants cause); manière dont se fait… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • succession — suc·ces·sion /sək se shən/ n 1 a: the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, position, title, or throne the sequence of succession to the presidency b: the right of a person or line… …   Law dictionary

  • SUCCESSION — SUCCESSION, devolution of the deceased person s property on his legal heirs. Order of Succession The Pentateuchal source of the order of succession is If a man die and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Succession — Suc*ces sion, n. [L. successio: cf. F. succession. See {Succeed}.] 1. The act of succeeding, or following after; a following of things in order of time or place, or a series of things so following; sequence; as, a succession of good crops; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • succession — succession, progression, series, sequence, chain, train, string are comparable when they mean a number of things that follow each other in some order. Succession implies that the units, whether things or persons, follow each other, typically in… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • succession — UK US /səkˈseʃən/ noun ► [S] a number of similar people or events that exist or happen one after another: a succession of sth »The company has been involved in a succession of accounting scandals. »They employ their seasonal workers on a… …   Financial and business terms

  • succession — Succession. s. f. Heredité. Succession directe. succession collaterale. grande, riche succession. succession endettée, embroüillée, onereuse. curateur à la succession vacante. les effets d une succession, il luy est escheu deux successions en un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • succession — ► NOUN 1) a number of people or things following one after the other. 2) the action, process, or right of inheriting an office, title, etc. 3) Ecology the process by which a plant community successively gives way to another until stability is… …   English terms dictionary

  • succession — [sək sesh′ən] n. [OFr < L successio < succedere: see SUCCEED] 1. the act of succeeding or coming after another in order or sequence or to an office, estate, throne, etc. 2. the right to succeed to an office, estate, etc. 3. a number of… …   English World dictionary

  • succession — early 14c., fact or right of succeeding someone by inheritance, from O.Fr. succession (13c.), from L. successionem (nom. successio) a following after, a coming into another s place, result, from successus, pp. of succedere (see SUCCEED (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary


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