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[re-truh-seed] /ˌrɛ trəˈsid/
verb (used with object), retroceded, retroceding.
to cede back:
to retrocede a territory.
Insurance. (of a reinsurance company) to cede (all or part of a reinsured risk) to another reinsurance company.
Origin of retrocede2
First recorded in 1810-20; retro- + cede
Related forms
retrocedence, retrocession
[re-truh-sesh-uh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈsɛʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • It does not restore to the Uitlanders all the rights of which they have been unjustly deprived since the retrocession.

  • Lyell estimates the retrocession of the falls to be about a foot a year.

  • And a young man, whom I saw yesterday, was seized with asthma on the retrocession, or ceasing of eruptions on his face.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • President Jefferson called the attention of Congress to this retrocession.

    Thomas Jefferson Edward S. Ellis et. al.
  • The retrocession of the Liaotung Peninsula had not been effected by Russia alone.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • Bonaparte had secured from Spain the retrocession of the province of Louisiana.

  • As a matter of fact, the entire world knew and knows that she had guaranteed the retrocession.

  • The reason why retrocession of the Falls is possible is found in the occurrence of the shale noted above as underlying the rock.

  • No; the people of the trans-Alleghany country could not remain silent and unprotesting witnesses to the retrocession of Louisiana.

  • The Italian flag was lowered, and with a salute of twenty-one guns the retrocession of Kassala was complete.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for retrocession


(transitive) to give back; return
(intransitive) to go back or retire; recede
Derived Forms
retrocession (ˌrɛtrəʊˈsɛʃən), retrocedence, noun
retrocessive, retrocedent, adjective
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retrocession in Medicine

retrocession ret·ro·ces·sion (rět'rō-sěsh'ən)

  1. A relapse, as of a disease.

  2. Cessation of the external symptoms of a disease, followed by signs of involvement of an internal organ or part.

  3. Backward displacement of the uterus or other organ.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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