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[se-sey-shuh n] /sɛˈseɪ ʃən/
a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance:
a cessation of hostilities.
Origin of cessation
1350-1400; Middle English cessacio(u)n < Latin cessātiōn- (stem of cessātiō) delay, inactivity, stoppage, equivalent to cessāt(us) past participle of cessāre to delay, stop (cess(us) yielded, ceded (ced- cede + -tus past participle suffix) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
stop, halt, end, suspension, stay, recess. Unabridged
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  • All the while he was watching mercilessly for the cessation of the struggles.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • There was no cessation, but the regular moment's pause, in the utterance of these sounds.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • With a decline in prices, mostly, the cessation of the demand coincides.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
  • Again, when pleasure ceases, that sort of rest or cessation will be painful?

    The Republic Plato
  • Let us not, then, be induced to believe that pure pleasure is the cessation of pain, or pain of pleasure.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for cessation


a ceasing or stopping; discontinuance; pause: temporary cessation of hostilities
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cessātiō a delaying, inactivity, from cessāre to be idle, desist from, from cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for cessation

mid-15c., cessacyoun "interruption, abdication," from Latin cessationem (nominative cessatio) "a delaying, ceasing, tarrying," noun of action from past participle stem of cessare "delay" (see cease (n.)).

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