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[suh k-ses-iv]
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  1. following in order or in uninterrupted sequence; consecutive: three successive days.
  2. following another in a regular sequence: the second successive day.
  3. characterized by or involving succession.
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Origin of successive

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin successīvus, equivalent to success(us), past participle of succēdere to succeed + -īvus -ive
Related formssuc·ces·sive·ly, adverbsuc·ces·sive·ness, nounnon·suc·ces·sive, adjectivenon·suc·ces·sive·ly, adverbnon·suc·ces·sive·ness, nounun·suc·ces·sive, adjectiveun·suc·ces·sive·ly, adverbun·suc·ces·sive·ness, noun
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  1. following another without interruption
  2. of or involving successiona successive process
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Derived Formssuccessively, adverbsuccessiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for successively



early 15c., from Medieval Latin successivus, from success-, stem of succedere (see succeed). Related: Successively.

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