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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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Historical Examples

  • Lyell estimates the retrocession of the falls to be about a foot a year.

    Birds and All Nature, Vol. VI, No. 3, October 1899


  • President Jefferson called the attention of Congress to this retrocession.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Edward S. Ellis et. al.

  • Bonaparte had secured from Spain the retrocession of the province of Louisiana.

  • The retrocession of the Liaotung Peninsula had not been effected by Russia alone.


    Donald Mackenzie Wallace

  • It does not restore to the Uitlanders all the rights of which they have been unjustly deprived since the retrocession.

British Dictionary definitions for retrocession


  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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retrocession in Medicine


  1. A relapse, as of a disease.
  2. Cessation of the external symptoms of a disease, followed by signs of involvement of an internal organ or part.
  3. Backward displacement of the uterus or other organ.
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