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recession

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[ ri-sesh-uhn ]
/ rɪˈsɛʃ ən /
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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).
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Origin of recession

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

Other definitions for recession (2 of 2)

recession2
[ ree-sesh-uhn ]
/ riˈsɛʃ ən /

noun
a return of ownership to a former possessor.

Origin of recession

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First recorded in 1885–90; re- + cession
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British Dictionary definitions for recession (1 of 2)

recession1
/ (rɪˈsɛʃən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for recession (2 of 2)

recession2
/ (riːˈsɛʃən) /

noun
the act of restoring possession to a former owner

Word Origin for recession

C19: from re- + cession
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Cultural definitions for recession

recession

A general business slump, less severe than a depression.

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