1 series of people, things, etc.
ADJ. endless, long, never-ending | constant, continuous, uninterrupted | quick, rapid We lost three secretaries in quick succession. | whole A whole succession of presidents had tried to resolve the issue without success.
PREP. in ~ There has been a rise in crime for the second year in succession.
2 right to have an important position after sb else
ADJ. legitimate | disputed | dynastic, hereditary
VERB + SUCCESSION ensure, secure He wanted to have a son to secure the succession.
PREP. in ~ to Betty Munn is the manager in succession to Edna Greenan.
PHRASES the line/order of succession He is next in (the) line of succession to the British throne. | the right of succession, succession to the throne