Simple Definition of cession
: the act of giving up something (such as power, land, or rights) to another person, group, or country
Full Definition of cession
: a yielding to another : concession
Examples of cession in a sentence
territorial cessions from one state to another
The law required cession of the land to the heirs.
Origin and Etymology of cession
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cession-, cessio, from cedere to withdraw — more at cede
First Known Use: 15th century
Legal Definition of cession
1 : an act of ceding : a yielding (as of property) to another: as a in the civil law of Louisiana : assignment or transfer of property rights by a debtor to a creditor b : transfer of liability by an insurer to a reinsurer c : transfer of control of or sovereignty over specific property or territory especially by treaty <such district…as may, by cession of particular States…become the seat of the government of the United States — U.S. Constitution art. I>
2 : the monetary amount of liability ceded by an insurer to a reinsurer — compare concession
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cession? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).