- the act of coming into the possession of a right, title, office, etc.: accession to the throne.
- an increase by something added: an accession of territory.
- something added: a list of accessions to the college library.
- Law. addition to property by growth or improvement.
- consent; agreement; approval: accession to a demand.
- International Law. formal acceptance of a treaty, international convention, or other agreement between states.
- the act of coming near; approach.
- an attack or onset, as of a disease.
- to make a record of (a book, painting, etc.) in the order of acquisition.
- to acquire (a book, painting, etc.), especially for a permanent collection.
Origin of accession
Examples from the Web for accession
After EU accession, the donor landscape for watchdogs and activist groups fundamentally changed for countries in Eastern Europe.Roma Children Face Segregation In EU Schools
March 8, 2014
The disputes have been major stumbling blocks for Croatia's accession into both NATO and the European Union.Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
An accession agreement with Europe represented a chance for this struggling, isolated nation to become part of the modern world.Ukraine’s Eurolution Is a PR Godsend for the Struggling E.U.
December 11, 2013
Feinstein explicitly called for one in her remarks, specifically demanding Russia's accession.Will We Go To War In Syria?
April 26, 2013
"He was told to eff-off on more than one accession by the surfers here," Mr Robinson said in a phone call today.Young Prince Charles Was Told to 'Eff-Off' by British Surfers For Drop-ins
June 14, 2012
All this happened now, for the first time since their accession to wealth.Little Dorrit
The only change in it that they could notice was an accession of alertness.White Fang
If his accession had seemed even a likely thing at the time, it would not have been sanctioned.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
And we have no longer any doubts of the accession of Portugal.
But with the accession of James the situation was immediately altered.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- the act of entering upon or attaining to an office, right, condition, etc
- an increase due to an addition
- an addition, as to a collection
- property law
- an addition to land or property by natural increase or improvement
- the owner's right to the increased value of such land
- international law the formal acceptance of a convention or treaty
- agreement; consent
- a less common word for access (def. 2)
- (tr) to make a record of (additions to a collection)
Word Origin and History for accession
"act of coming to a position," especially of a throne, 1640s, from Latin accessionem (nominative accessio) "a going to, joining, increase," noun of action from past participle stem of accedere (see accede).