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successor

[suh k-ses-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that succeeds or follows.
  2. a person who succeeds another in an office, position, or the like.
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Origin of successor

1250–1300; < Latin, equivalent to succed-, variant stem of succēdere to succeed + -tor -tor, with dt > ss; replacing Middle English successour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formssuc·ces·sor·al, adjective
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Related Words for successor

replacement, scion, beneficiary, follower, descendant, heritor, inheritor

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Contemporary Examples of successor

Historical Examples of successor

  • "Then I must insist that you appoint your successor," said Aspasia.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • His successor is his younger brother, Hygelc, 2944 ff., 2992.

    Beowulf

    Unknown

  • He taught, as it appears, somewhat obscurely at Athens, and for successor had Timon.

  • Who was Caesar's successor and the first one who organized the Roman Empire?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • His successor tried to conceal De Soto's death from the Indians.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne


British Dictionary definitions for successor

successor

noun
  1. a person or thing that follows, esp a person who succeeds another in an office
  2. logic the element related to a given element by a serial ordering, esp the natural number next larger to a given one. The successor of n is n + 1, usually written Sn or n′
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Derived Formssuccessoral, adjective
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Word Origin and History for successor

n.

"one who comes after," late 13c., from Old French successour, from Latin successor, agent noun from past participle stem of succedere (see succeed).

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