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[suh k-ses-iv] /səkˈsɛs ɪv/
following in order or in uninterrupted sequence; consecutive:
three successive days.
following another in a regular sequence:
the second successive day.
characterized by or involving succession.
Origin of successive
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin successīvus, equivalent to success(us), past participle of succēdere to succeed + -īvus -ive
Related forms
successively, adverb
successiveness, noun
nonsuccessive, adjective
nonsuccessively, adverb
nonsuccessiveness, noun
unsuccessive, adjective
unsuccessively, adverb
unsuccessiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for successive
  • Earnings set a new record for the seventh successive year.
  • successive reappointments of up to four years each are possible.
  • In the brief moments between each successive screen image, the backlight is turned off.
  • Even after leaving office he continued to act as counselor to successive presidents as well as governments around the globe.
  • Great minds shape the thinking of successive historical periods.
  • With each successive explanation, everything becomes more rote.
  • successive cultures are thought to have viewed the art they discovered on the canyon walls with wonder or fear.
  • The successive booms made millionaires and losers and overnight towns.
  • The successive steps of equine local evolution have been, of course, the result of the peculiar requirements of the time.
  • All successive articles in one book or submit to peer reviewed journals and build from there.
British Dictionary definitions for successive


following another without interruption
of or involving succession: a successive process
Derived Forms
successively, adverb
successiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for successive

early 15c., from Medieval Latin successivus, from success-, stem of succedere (see succeed). Related: Successively.

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