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[suhk-si-dey-nee-uh m]
noun, plural suc·ce·da·ne·a [suhk-si-dey-nee-uh] /ˌsʌk sɪˈdeɪ ni ə/.
  1. a substitute.
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Origin of succedaneum

1635–45; < New Latin succēdāneum, noun use of neuter singular of Latin succēdāneus substituted, equivalent to suc- suc- + cēd(ere) to come, go (see cede) + -āneus composite adj. suffix, equivalent to -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
Related formssuc·ce·da·ne·ous, adjective
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Historical Examples of succedaneous

  • As it is, the Islanders are obliged to content themselves with succedaneous means for many common purposes.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

    Samuel Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for succedaneous


noun plural -nea (-nɪə)
  1. obsolete something that is used as a substitute, esp any medical drug or agent that may be taken or prescribed in place of another
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Derived Formssuccedaneous, adjective

Word Origin for succedaneum

C17: from Latin succēdāneus following after, from succēdere to succeed
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Word Origin and History for succedaneous



"substitute," 1640s, from neuter of Latin succedaneus "succeeding, acting as substitute" (see succeed). Especially of inferior drugs substituted for better ones.

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