Meaning of SUCCESSIVE in English


səkˈsesiv, -esēv also sik- or -esəv adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin successivus, from Latin successus (past participle of succedere to follow, succeed) + -ivus -ive

1. obsolete

a. : inherited or capable of being inherited by succession : descending or transmissible to the next in a succession : hereditary

b. : inheriting by succession

c. : being the next to inherit


a. : following in succession or serial order : following one upon another : coming in order : consecutive

their fourth successive victory

the product of the successive labors of innumerable men — Lewis Mumford

b. : being a successor or one of a group of consecutive successors to a person, thing, or item

the idea of a world order, successive to both the pagan and the Christian — Paul Rosenfeld

the book … was followed by many successive editions — J.T.Howard

c. : characterized by or manifesting succession : produced or arranged in succession

the angles between successive points may be measured — R.E.Davis

• suc·ces·sive·ly -esə̇vlē, -li adverb

• suc·ces·sive·ness -esivnə̇s, -esēv- also -esəv- noun -es

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