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.
- It is the seat of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and of Hobart College (nonsectarian), which was first planned in 1812, was founded in 1822 (the majority of its incorporators being members of the Protestant Episcopal church) as successor to Geneva Academy, received a full charter as Geneva College in 1825, and was renamed Hobart Free College in 1852 and Hobart College in 1860, in honour of Bishop John Henry Hobart.