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[rez-ig-ney-shuh n] /ˌrɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of resigning.
a formal statement, document, etc., stating that one gives up an office, position, etc.
an accepting, unresisting attitude, state, etc.; submission; acquiescence:
to meet one's fate with resignation.
Origin of resignation
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin resignātiōn- (stem of resignātiō) a canceling, rescinding, equivalent to Latin resignāt(us) (past participle of resignāre to resign; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonresignation, noun
proresignation, adjective
1, 2. abdication. 3. patience, compliance, forbearance.
3. recalcitrance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Only the thought of the new world and all that it must mean steeled her to resignation.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • You know, I suppose, that Freet was asked for his resignation at the same time you were?

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • A general of the National army, who was present, remarks that Barksdale died "like a brave man, with dignity and resignation."

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • resignation and endurance are two of women's chief characteristics.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • With a sigh of resignation she sat down on the oak seat just outside the office window to wait.

British Dictionary definitions for resignation


the act of resigning
a formal document stating one's intention to resign
a submissive unresisting attitude; passive acquiescence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for resignation

late 14c., "act of resigning" (an office, etc.), from Old French resignation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin resignationem (nominative resignatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin resignare (see resign). Meaning "submission, acquiescence" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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