Origin of successorMiddle English from Old French successour from Classical Latin successor from successus, past participle of succedere: see succeed
The definition of a successor is a person or thing that comes after another.
The son of a king who will become king next is an example of the king's successor.
a person or thing that succeeds, or follows, another; esp., one who succeeds to an office, title, etc.
One that succeeds another.
- A person or thing that immediately follows another in holding an office or title.
- George W. Bush was successor to Bill Clinton as President of the US.
- The next heir in order or succession.
- A person who inherits a title or office.
- (arithmetic, set theory) The integer, ordinal number or cardinal number immediately following another.
successor - Legal Definition
A person who takes over the rank, office, duties, or privileges of another; a corporation that through merger, buy-out, or other means acquires the duties, stock, rights, and debts of another corporation, known as the predecessor.
- She is the Ruler destined to be my successor, for she is a Royal Princess.
- His successor was Adrian VI.
- Finally in 1888 he went to Berlin as successor to H.
- A successor to the William Waynflete at the King's Hall was admitted on the 3rd of April 1434.
- Boniface endeavoured to nominate his own successor, thus transforming into law, or at least into custom, the proceeding by which he had benefited; but the clergy and the senate of Rome forced him to cancel this arrangement.