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[suh k-ses-er] /səkˈsɛs ər/
a person or thing that succeeds or follows.
a person who succeeds another in an office, position, or the like.
Origin of successor
1250-1300; < Latin, equivalent to succed-, variant stem of succēdere to succeed + -tor -tor, with dt > ss; replacing Middle English successour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
successoral, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for successor
  • What worries him now is the choice of his successor.
  • First, an interim chief must provide day-to-day leadership so that an effective search for a permanent successor can be conducted.
  • If history is a guide, the politicians could wrangle for months over his successor.
  • Once his successor is appointed, he will return to the faculty.
  • It is almost as if there is an inversely proportional relationship between his fortunes and those of his struggling successor.
  • His successor will probably be four decades younger than him, and appointments are for life.
  • He will remain in the post until a successor is hired.
  • The board will also begin the process of naming an interim president and searching for a successor.
  • Shareholders' objections forced the putative successor to stand down.
  • There's no guarantee that his successor will make completing the station a priority.
British Dictionary definitions for successor


a person or thing that follows, esp a person who succeeds another in an office
(logic) the element related to a given element by a serial ordering, esp the natural number next larger to a given one. The successor of n is n + 1, usually written Sn or n′
Derived Forms
successoral, adjective
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Word Origin and History for successor

"one who comes after," late 13c., from Old French successour, from Latin successor, agent noun from past participle stem of succedere (see succeed).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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successor in Technology

A language for distributed computing derived from SR.
["SuccessoR: Refinements to SR", R.A. Olsson et al, TR 84-3, U Arizona 1984].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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