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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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  • They continue to live in the awareness of their human successors on the throne of earthly dominance.
  • Their merits and their religious influence must not be judged by their later successors.
  • As he borrowed from his contemporaries, so his poor treasury of wit was rifled by his successors.
  • The list of potential successors, should he fall under a limo, is impressive.
  • Their successors have allowed only limited civilian control over military affairs.
  • Fortunately, their successors seem determined not to repeat that mistake.
  • It will be his first as party chief and the moment to install his preferred successors in top jobs.
  • These magnetometers and their successors have played the role that barometers did for early weather forecasters.
  • The trouble with replacing a set of highly charismatic founder-leaders is that their successors may seem less inspiring.
  • Now, his successors will be denied this source of wealth.
British Dictionary definitions for successors


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 successors



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

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