The Mathematical Symbol "Succeeds (≻)"

The "Succeeds" Symbol (≻)

The ≻ symbol represents a relation where one element succeeds another in an ordered set. It is a way of saying that one element is "greater than" another without implying numerical value, especially in contexts that don't involve numbers.

Visual Representation

The symbol itself resembles the "greater than" sign (`>`), which is a well-known symbol to represent that one value is larger than another in mathematics.

Common Uses

The "Succeeds" relation has applications mainly in abstract mathematical contexts, particularly when discussing ordered sets:

  • Ordering: In an abstract ordered set, if element \( a \) is said to succeed element \( b \), it can be represented as \( a ≻ b \).
  • Examples:
    • If we are discussing the lexicographic order of words, and "apple" comes before "banana", then "banana ≻ apple".
    • In set theory or order theory, this symbol can help describe the relationships between elements of a poset (partially ordered set).

Representation in Other Contexts

In LaTeX, commonly used for typesetting mathematical and scientific documents, the "succeeds" symbol can be represented with the command `\succ` when in math mode.


The ≻ symbol is essential for conveying the idea of one element succeeding another, especially in contexts outside of the numerical realm. Its role in mathematics and related fields helps clarify and provide structure to discussions about order relations.

Mathematical symbol 'Succeeds'

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Codes for the ≻ Symbol

The Symbol
Alt CodeAlt 8827
HTML Code≻
HTML Entity≻
CSS Code\227B
Hex Code≻

How To Insert the ≻ Symbol

(Method 1) Copy and paste the symbol.

The easiest way to get the ≻ symbol is to copy and paste it into your document.

Bear in mind that this is a UTF-8 encoded character. It must be encoded as UTF-8 at all stages (copying, replacing, editing, pasting), otherwise it will render as random characters or the dreaded �.

(Method 2) Use the "Alt Code."

If you have a keyboard with a numeric pad, you can use this method. Simply hold down the Alt key and type 8827. When you lift the Alt key, the symbol appears. ("Num Lock" must be on.)

(Method 3) Use the HTML Decimal Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#8827;</b>My symbol: ≻

(Method 4) Use the HTML Entity Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &sc;</b>My symbol: ≻

(Method 5) Use the CSS Code (for webpages).

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\227B";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: ≻

(Method 6) Use the HTML Hex Code (for webpages and HTML canvas).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x227B;</b>My symbol: ≻
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x227B to place the ≻ symbol on your canvas. For example:
JavaScript Text
const x = "0x"+"E9"
ctx.fillText(String.fromCodePoint(x), 5, 5);

(Method 7) Use the Unicode (for various, e.g. Microsoft Office, JavaScript, Perl).

The Unicode for ≻ is U+227B. The important part is the hexadecimal number after the U+, which is used in various formats. For example, in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint), do the following:
[Hold down Alt]
[Press x]

(The 227B turns into ≻. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u227B. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u227B"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: ≻