the act of resigning.
a formal statement, document, etc., stating that one gives up an office, position, etc.
an accepting, unresisting attitude, state, etc.; submission; acquiescence: to meet one's fate with resignation.

Origin of resignation

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin resignātiōn- (stem of resignātiō) a canceling, rescinding, equivalent to Latin resignāt(us) (past participle of resignāre to resign; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·res·ig·na·tion, nounpro·res·ig·na·tion, adjective

Synonyms for resignation

Antonyms for resignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resignation

Contemporary Examples of resignation

Historical Examples of resignation

  • Everybody said that he had only succeeded in showing that his resignation was unnecessary.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I marvel at the sense of duty, the resignation, the sacrifice.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Then she found that it was only stoicism, resignation, that they had learned.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • And the Captain accepted her decision with resignation of his own.

  • I wonder, now, could we persuade Matthew to send in his resignation.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for resignation



the act of resigning
a formal document stating one's intention to resign
a submissive unresisting attitude; passive acquiescence
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Word Origin and History for resignation

late 14c., "act of resigning" (an office, etc.), from Old French resignation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin resignationem (nominative resignatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin resignare (see resign). Meaning "submission, acquiescence" is from 1640s.

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