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verb (used without object), ret·ro·ced·ed, ret·ro·ced·ing.
  1. to go back; recede; retire.
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Origin of retrocede1

1645–55; < Latin retrōcēdere to go back, retire, equivalent to retrō- retro- + cēdere to go, move; see cede
Related formsret·ro·ced·ence, nounret·ro·ces·sive [re-tre-ses-iv] /ˌrɛ trɛˈsɛs ɪv/, adjective


verb (used with object), ret·ro·ced·ed, ret·ro·ced·ing.
  1. to cede back: to retrocede a territory.
  2. Insurance. (of a reinsurance company) to cede (all or part of a reinsured risk) to another reinsurance company.
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Origin of retrocede2

First recorded in 1810–20; retro- + cede
Related formsret·ro·ced·ence, ret·ro·ces·sion [re-truh-sesh-uh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈsɛʃ ən/, noun
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  • He, therefore, thought it expedient to retrocede all the territory, excepting the City of Washington.

    Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)

    Thomas Hart Benton

British Dictionary definitions for retrocede


  1. (tr) to give back; return
  2. (intr) to go back or retire; recede
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Derived Formsretrocession (ˌrɛtrəʊˈsɛʃən) or retrocedence, nounretrocessive or retrocedent, adjective
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