The act or process of following in order or sequence. A group of people or things arranged or following in order; a sequence: "A succession of one-man stalls offered soft drinks\u201d ( Alec Waugh). See Synonyms at series. The sequence in which one person after another succeeds to a title, throne, dignity, or estate. The right of a person or line of persons to so succeed. The person or line having such a right. The act or process of succeeding to the rights or duties of another. The act or process of becoming entitled as a legal beneficiary to the property of a deceased person. Ecology The gradual and orderly process of ecosystem development brought about by changes in community composition and the production of a climax characteristic of a particular geographic region.