Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A substitute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A substitute, replacement for something else, particularly of a medicine used in place of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, succeeds to the place of another; that which is used for something else; a substitute

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which supplies the place of another; that which is used for something else; a substitute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)

Etymologies

New Latin succēdāneum, from Latin, neuter sing. of succēdāneus, substituted, from succēdere, to succeed; see succeed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin, neuter singular of Latin succedaneus ‘acting as substitute’, from succedere ‘come close after’, from sub- + cedere ‘go’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Scott renders “pepper” (Lane i. 8) and it forms a clean succedaneum for one of the uncleanest articles of civilisation, the sponge.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Líf,” a succedaneum for the unclean sponge, not unknown in the “Turkish Baths” of London.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The order is peculiarly Moslem, in fact the succedaneum for the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is very certain, that speculation is no succedaneum for life.

    Uncollected Prose

  • The bark of the willow has, indeed, been justly considered as a succedaneum for Peruvian bark, as has also that of the horse-chestnut tree, the leaf of the holly, the snake-root, etc. It was evidently necessary to make trial of this substance, although not so valuable as Peruvian bark, and to employ it in its natural state, since they had no means for extracting its essence.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Besides, since nature supplies cold as sparingly, we must do as the apothecaries do who, when they cannot get a simple, take its succedaneum or quid pro quo, as they call it — such as aloes for balsam, cassia for cinnamon.

    The New Organon

  • The observers can demonstrate that they are real observers and not a succedaneum like the Carter Center.

    11/27/2005 - 12/04/2005

  • Mr. Rerechild, the Barchester doctor whom she employed; and then the young mother mentioned some shockingly modern succedaneum which

    Barchester Towers

  • What succedaneum of mutton chop or broiled ham she had for the roast duck and green peas which were to have beers provided for the family dinner we will not particularly inquire.

    The Small House at Allington

  • However, his expense for medicines was not great; for he was the most expert man at a succedaneum of any apothecary in

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

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