succession

  1. a following of one thing after another in time

    Synonyms : chronological sequence, chronological succession, sequence, successiveness
    Type Of : temporal order, temporal arrangement
  2. acquisition of property by descent or by will

    Synonyms : taking over
    Type Of : acquisition
  3. the action of following in order

    Synonyms : sequence
    Type Of : order, ordering
  4. (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established

    Synonyms : ecological succession
    Type Of : activity, natural action, natural process, action
  5. a group of people or things arranged or following in order

    Type Of : series
    Examples :
    • a succession of stalls offering soft drinks
    • a succession of failures