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Definition of "successive" []

  • Following in uninterrupted order; consecutive: on three successive days. (adjective)
  • Of, characterized by, or involving succession: the government successive to the fallen monarchy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "successive" in a sentence
  • "If such families had any real existence they could have been formed only by crossing, by the accumulation of successive variations (_variation successive_), and by degeneration from an original type; but if we once admit that there are families of plants and animals, so that the ass may be of the family of the horse, and that the one may only differ from the other through degeneration from a common ancestor, we might be driven to admit that the ape is of the family of man, that he is but a degenerate man, and that he and man have had a common ancestor, even as the ass and horse have had."
  • "The Falcons then added safety William Moore, cornerback Chris Owens and end-linebacker Lawrence Sidbury in successive rounds."
  • "The first two years of her life were spent in successive phases."