[ sesh-uh n ]
/ ˈsɛʃ ən /


act of ceding, as by treaty.
something that is ceded, as territory.

Nearby words

  1. cespitose,
  2. cess,
  3. cessation,
  4. cessative,
  5. cesser,
  6. cessionary,
  7. cesspipe,
  8. cesspit,
  9. cesspool,
  10. cesta

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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British Dictionary definitions for cession


/ (ˈsɛʃən) /


the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
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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