sequence, chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological succession(noun)
a following of one thing after another in time
"the doctor saw a sequence of patients"
a group of people or things arranged or following in order
"a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession of failures"
the action of following in order
"he played the trumps in sequence"
succession, ecological succession(noun)
(ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established
succession, taking over(noun)
acquisition of property by descent or by will
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Sequence and succession apply to events viewed as following one another; time and duration denote something conceived of as enduring while events take place and acts are done. According to the necessary conditions of human thought, events are contained in time as objects are in space, time existing before the event, measuring it as it passes, and still existing when the event is past. Duration and succession are more general words than time; we can speak of infinite or eternal duration or succession, but time is commonly contrasted with eternity. Time is measured or measurable duration.
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