[ka-sey-shuh n, kuh-]


annulment; cancellation; reversal.
Music. an 18th-century instrumental suite for outdoor performance, similar to the divertimento and the serenade.

Origin of cassation

1375–1425; late Middle English cassacio(u)n < Medieval Latin cassātiōn- (stem of cassātiō), equivalent to Late Latin cassāt(us) past participle of cassāre to annul (cass- variant of Latin quass- (see quash) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscas·sa·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cassation

Historical Examples of cassation

  • Donna Roma, it is still possible to appeal to the Court of Cassation.

  • They might as well shoot a President of the Court of Cassation!

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • The hall of the first cassation, or grand court of appeal, is very fine.

  • At the apex is the Court of Cassation, sitting at the capital.

    The Governments of Europe

    Frederic Austin Ogg

  • To use the French terms, there cannot be appel, but there may be cassation.


    Donald Mackenzie Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for cassation



mainly law (esp in France) annulment, as of a judicial decision by a higher court

Word Origin for cassation

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin cassātiō, from Late Latin cassāre to cancel, from Latin quassāre to quash
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Word Origin and History for cassation

"anullment," early 15c., from Old French cassation, from casser, from Late Latin cassare, from Latin quassare (see quash).

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