- following in order or in uninterrupted sequence; consecutive: three successive days.
- following another in a regular sequence: the second successive day.
- characterized by or involving succession.
Origin of successive
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Examples from the Web for successively
Whether all this can successively transpire in the wake of whatever happens with health-care legislation is highly problematic.Preventing Another Bank Disaster
Jeffrey E. Garten
March 15, 2010
This voice was heard three years successively, but no one regarded it.
Denmark, Sweden, and Russia, were then successively visited by him.
She successively exhausted the magic lantern, the dolly, and the chair.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
All the torments that Scottish law knew of were successively applied.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
This Gentleman has stood five years successively and as often Negativ'd.Diary of Anna Green Winslow
Anna Green Winslow
- following another without interruption
- of or involving successiona successive process
Word Origin and History for successively
early 15c., from Medieval Latin successivus, from success-, stem of succedere (see succeed). Related: Successively.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper