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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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  • "Then I must insist that you appoint your successor," said Aspasia.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • His successor is his younger brother, Hygelc, 2944 ff., 2992.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • He taught, as it appears, somewhat obscurely at Athens, and for successor had Timon.

  • Who was Caesar's successor and the first one who organized the Roman Empire?

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • His successor tried to conceal De Soto's death from the Indians.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
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).

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