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Legal Definition of succession


  1. The order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, position, title, or throne
  2. The right of a person or line of ancestry to succeed
  3. The line of ancestry having such a right
  4. The act or process of following in order
  5. The act or process of one person's taking the place of another in the enjoyment of or liability for rights or duties or both
  6. The act or process by which a person becomes entitled to the property or property interest of a deceased person and esp. an intestate: the transmission of the estate of a decedent to his or her heirs, legatees, or devisees. Also : The estate of the deceased including assets and liabilities (used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana)]
  7. The continuance of a corporation's status as a legal person
  8. The act or process by which one corporation assumes ownership of another
  9. The act or process by which one state takes over or follows upon another and becomes entitled to its rights and position in international law

Definition of succession


  • (UK) IPA: /səkˈsɛʃ.ən/, SAMPA: /s@k"sES.@n/
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succession (plural successions)

  1. An act of following in sequence.
  2. A sequence of things in order.

    * 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, BBC Sport:
    Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure

  3. A passing of royal powers.
  4. A group of rocks or strata that succeed one another in chronological order.


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1.     lex fori
2.     landed property
3.     lex situs
4.     respondent
5.     default judgment
6.     tort law
7.     living will
8.     lex causae
9.     law
10.     salacious