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[si-kond-muh nt]
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noun British.
  1. the transfer of a military officer or corporate executive to another post for temporary duty.
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Origin of secondment

First recorded in 1895–1900; second3 + -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for secondment


  1. British a temporary transfer to another job or post within the same organization
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Word Origin

C19: from French en second in second rank (or position)
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Word Origin and History for secondment


1897, from second (v.) + -ment.

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