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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
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successoral, adjective Unabridged
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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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