[suh k-ses-iv]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of successively

  • Whether all this can successively transpire in the wake of whatever happens with health-care legislation is highly problematic.

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    Preventing Another Bank Disaster

    Jeffrey E. Garten

    March 15, 2010

Historical Examples of successively

British Dictionary definitions for successively



following another without interruption
of or involving successiona successive process
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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