cessation

[ se-sey-shuhn ]
/ sɛˈseɪ ʃən /

noun

a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance: a cessation of hostilities.

Nearby words

  1. cesium,
  2. cesium 137,
  3. cesky terrier,
  4. cespitose,
  5. cess,
  6. cessative,
  7. cesser,
  8. cession,
  9. cessionary,
  10. cesspipe

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cessation

cessation

/ (sɛˈseɪʃən) /

noun

a ceasing or stopping; discontinuance; pausetemporary cessation of hostilities

Word Origin for cessation

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

cessation

n.

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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