[sesh-uh n]

Origin of cession

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cessiōn- (stem of cessiō) a giving up, equivalent to cess(us) past participle of cēdere to yield (ced- perfect stem + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedcession secession session
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  1. the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
  2. something that is ceded, esp land or territory

Word Origin for cession

C14: from Latin cessiō, from cēdere to yield
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Word Origin and History for cession

late 14c., "a relinquishing," from Old French cession "cession; death" (13c.), from Latin cessionem (nominative cessio) "a giving up, surrendering," noun of action from past participle stem of cedere "to go away, yield" (see cede). Related: Cessionary.

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