AskDefine | Define successor

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who follows next in order; "he was President Lincoln's successor" [syn: replacement]
2 a thing or person that immediately replaces something or someone
3 a person who inherits some title or office [syn: heir]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. 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.
  2. The next heir in order or succession.
  3. A person who inherits a title or office
  4. In the context of "arithmetics": The integer immediately following another



person or thing that immediately follows another
  • Czech: následník
  • Finnish: seuraaja
  • German: Nachfolger
  • Italian: successore
  • Japanese: 後任, 後継者, 継承者
next heir in order or succession
person who inherits a title or office
  • Finnish: seuraaja, vallanperijä
  • German: Nachfolger
  • Italian: successore
  • Japanese: 後任, 後継者, 継承者
integer immediately following another
  • Finnish: seuraaja

Extensive Definition

A successor can refer to
  • Someone who, or something which succeeds or comes after (see success and succession).
successor in German: Nachfolger

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adherent, aftermath, apparent heir, appendage, attendant, backup man, beneficiary heir, buff, cavaliere servente, conclusion, consequence, coparcener, courtier, dangler, dependent, descendant, disciple, dynasty, effect, fan, fideicommissary heir, fiduciary heir, flunky, follower, following, hanger-on, heir, heir apparent, heir expectant, heir general, heir in tail, heir of entail, heir of inventory, heir of line, heir portioner, heir presumptive, heir whatsoever, heiress, henchman, heritor, homme de cour, inheritor, inheritress, inheritrix, joint heir, line, lineage, next in line, offspring, orphan, parasite, partisan, posterity, presumptive heir, public, pursuer, pursuivant, relict, remainderman, replacement, reversioner, satellite, sectary, sequel, shadow, stooge, supporter, survivor, tagtail, tail, trainbearer, votary, ward heeler, widow, widower
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