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cessation

[ se-sey-shuhn ]
/ sɛˈseɪ ʃən /
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noun

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

RELATED WORDS

interruption, recess, rest, freeze, layoff, cease, close, pause, end, stoppage, arrest, time-out, suspension, conclusion, finish, halt, remission, stop, stay, break

Nearby words

cesium, cesium 137, cesky terrier, cespitose, cess, cessation, cessative, cesser, cession, cessionary, 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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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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