recession

1
[ri-sesh-uh n]

noun

the act of receding or withdrawing.
a receding part of a wall, building, etc.
a withdrawing procession, as at the end of a religious service.
Economics. a period of an economic contraction, sometimes limited in scope or duration.Compare depression(def 7).

Nearby words

  1. receptor,
  2. receptor protein,
  3. receptual,
  4. recess,
  5. recessed,
  6. recessional,
  7. recessional moraine,
  8. recessionary,
  9. recessionista,
  10. recessionproof

Origin of recession

1
First recorded in 1640–50, recession is from the Latin word recessiōn- (stem of recessiō). See recess, -ion

recession

2
[ree-sesh-uh n]

noun

a return of ownership to a former possessor.

Origin of recession

2
First recorded in 1885–90; re- + cession

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British Dictionary definitions for recession

recession

1

noun

a temporary depression in economic activity or prosperity
the withdrawal of the clergy and choir in procession from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service
the act of receding
a part of a building, wall, etc, that recedes

Word Origin for recession

C17: from Latin recessio; see recess

noun

the act of restoring possession to a former owner

Word Origin for recession

C19: from re- + cession

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Word Origin and History for recession

recession

n.
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Medicine definitions for recession

recession

[rĭ-sĕshən]

n.

The withdrawal or retreating of tissue from its normal position.

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Culture definitions for recession

recession

A general business slump, less severe than a depression.

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