[ rez-ig-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. residually,
  2. residuary,
  3. residue,
  4. residuum,
  5. resign,
  6. resigned,
  7. resignedly,
  8. resignee,
  9. resile,
  10. resilience

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

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British Dictionary definitions for resignation


/ (ˌrɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən) /


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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