[ ri-zahy-nee, ree-zahy-nee ]


  1. a person who has resigned resigned or is about to resign.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of resignee1

First recorded in 1605–15; resign + -ee


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What does resignee mean?

A resignee is a person who has resigned or is in the process of resigning—quitting one’s job or giving up one’s position.

Resignee is fairly formal and isn’t commonly used. It’s most likely to be used in a legal context, such as by the human resources department to refer to a former employee. It can also be used to refer to a theoretical person, such as in a policy about resignees.

Example: It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the resignee to interview their replacement.

Where does resignee come from?

The first records of the word resignee come from the early 1600s. It is ultimately derived from the Latin verb resignāre, meaning “give up” or “unseal, invalidate, destroy.” In resignee, the suffix -ee indicates a person performing the action specified by the verb—in this case, the person resigning.

When used in the sense of leaving a position, resign is synonymous with quit, but the two words can imply different things. To say that someone quit their job often (though not always) implies that they left because they didn’t like something about it. Someone can resign due to negative circumstances, but the word itself doesn’t imply this without additional context. For example, a politician might resign due to a scandal, or an employee might resign to protest a policy they consider unethical. But resigning doesn’t always involve negative circumstances. A resignee might have resigned because they’re moving or they want to change their career.

A resignee is often said to have tendered their resignation.

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  • resign (verb)
  • resigner (noun)

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How is resignee used in real life?

Resignee is most commonly used in a legal or professional context. It’s not commonly used in everyday conversation.



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Is resignee used correctly in the following sentence?

We need to fill the positions of several recent resignees.