[kuh n-sesh-uh n]
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  1. 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.
  2. the thing or point yielded: Management offered a shorter workweek as a concession.
  3. something conceded by a government or a controlling authority, as a grant of land, a privilege, or a franchise.
  4. a space or privilege within certain premises for a subsidiary business or service: the refreshment concession at a movie theater.
  5. 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. 2018

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  1. the act of yielding or conceding, as to a demand or argument
  2. something conceded
  3. British a reduction in the usual price of a ticket granted to a special group of customersa student concession
  4. any grant of rights, land, or property by a government, local authority, corporation, or individual
  5. the right, esp an exclusive right, to market a particular product in a given area
  6. 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
  7. 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
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Word Origin and History for concessions



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.

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