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or cancelation

[kan-suh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkæn səˈleɪ ʃən/
an act of canceling.
the marks or perforations made in canceling.
something canceled, as a reservation for a hotel room, airplane ticket, allowing someone else to obtain the accommodation.
Origin of cancellation
First recorded in 1525-35, cancellation is from the Latin word cancellātion- (stem of cancellātiō). See cancellate, -ion
Related forms
recancellation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cancellation
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  • We demanded a cancellation of all debts and that our enemies be banished or punished.

  • War, it was reasoned, would cause the cancellation of these obligations.

    Abraham Lincoln and the Union Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  • This is good as a review of cancellation, and as an extension of the idea of a fraction.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • And a worse penalty might be inflicted, the cancellation of my shooting-licence.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • The noise, though, told him that there'd been no cancellation of orders so far.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for cancellation


the fact or an instance of cancelling
something that has been cancelled, such as a theatre ticket, esp when it is available for another person to take: we have a cancellation in the stalls
the marks or perforation made by cancelling
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Word Origin and History for cancellation

also cancelation, 1530s, from Latin cancellationem (nominative cancellatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cancellare "to cancel" (see cancel). Of reservations for conveyances, hotels, etc., from 1953.

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