noun Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Anglican Church.
the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid.
The Words That Make Us Tick: What Users Are Looking Up On Dictionary.com Every DayYou may have noticed a nifty new tool scrolling across the top of Dictionary.com. But, what makes it tick?
Origin of apostolic succession
First recorded in 1830–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for apostolic succession
the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012