Succession vs Inheritance – What’s the difference?

Succession vs Inheritance - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between succession and inheritance is that succession is an act of following in sequence while inheritance is the passing of title to an estate upon death.




  • An act of following in sequence.
  • A sequence of things in order.
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  • A passing of royal powers.
  • A group of rocks or strata that succeed one another in chronological order.
  • (obsolete, rare) The person who succeeds to rank or office; a successor or heir.
  • (Milton)

    Derived terms

    * successional


    Alternative forms

    * enheritance (obsolete)
    * enheritaunce (obsolete)
    * inheritaunce (obsolete)


  • The passing of title to an estate upon death.
  • (lb) That which a person is entitled to inherit, by law or testament.
  • (lb) The biological attributes passed hereditarily from ancestors to their offspring.
  • In object-oriented programming, the mechanism whereby parts of a superclass are available to instances of its subclass.
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