[kuh n-sesh-uh n]


the act of conceding or yielding, as a right, a privilege, or a point or fact in an argument: He made no concession to caution.
the thing or point yielded: Management offered a shorter workweek as a concession.
something conceded by a government or a controlling authority, as a grant of land, a privilege, or a franchise.
a space or privilege within certain premises for a subsidiary business or service: the refreshment concession at a movie theater.
Canadian. any of the usually sixteen divisions of a township, each division being 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km) in area and containing thirty-two 200-acre lots.

Origin of concession

1605–15; 1910–15 for def 4; < Latin concēssiōn- (stem of concēssiō), equivalent to concēss(us) (past participle of concēdere to concede) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·ces·sion·al, adjectivenon·con·ces·sion, nounpre·con·ces·sion, nounpro·con·ces·sion, adjectivesub·con·ces·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of concession

Historical Examples of concession

  • But how can you expect, when there must be a concession on one side, that it should be on theirs?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • And what concession she had gained from her dear child to merit this tenderness?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Hence the concession, and hence the appearance of Flora, piloted in by the man, man.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This last was a concession to Jan, who hated the extinguisher.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • But this was a concession to morality, it formed no part of his main scheme.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for concession



the act of yielding or conceding, as to a demand or argument
something conceded
British a reduction in the usual price of a ticket granted to a special group of customersa student concession
any grant of rights, land, or property by a government, local authority, corporation, or individual
the right, esp an exclusive right, to market a particular product in a given area
US and Canadian
  1. the right to maintain a subsidiary business on a lessor's premises
  2. the premises so granted or the business so maintained
  3. a free rental period for such premises
Canadian (chiefly in Ontario and Quebec)
  1. a land subdivision in a township survey
  2. another name for concession road
Derived Formsconcessible, adjective

Word Origin for concession

C16: from Latin concēssiō an allowing, from concēdere to concede
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for concession

mid-15c., from Old French concession (14c.) or directly from Latin concessionem (nominative concessio) "an allowing, conceding," noun of action from past participle stem of concedere (see concede). Meaning "right or privilege granted by government" is from 1650s. "Refreshment stand" sense is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper