Definition of concession
1 a : the act or an instance of conceding (as by granting something as a right, accepting something as true, or acknowledging defeat) b : the admitting of a point claimed in argument
2 : something conceded or granted: a : acknowledgment, admission b : something done or agreed to usually grudgingly in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation c (1) : a grant of land or property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use (2) : a right to undertake and profit by a specified activity (3) : a lease of a portion of premises for a particular purpose; also : the portion leased or the activities carried on
Examples of concession
In the big pristine forests of the Congo Basin, governments are selling logging and mining concessions to get money … —Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2007
With him he carried a secret mandate from Prince Gauda, promising all sorts of concessions in Numidia once he was its king. —Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991
We sang exactly in the same range. There was never a concession that had to be made musically because our ranges were so totally compatible. —Rosemary Clooney, quoted in Joe Smith, Off the Record, 1988
As a concession to her debility she lay on an aluminum chaise longue … —John Updike, New Yorker, 23 May 1988
We are waiting for his concession of the election.
The candidate made an emotional concession speech when it was clear that he had lost.
The strikers have won some important concessions from the company.
Origin of concession
Middle English concessyon, from Anglo-French concessioun, from Latin concession-, concessio, from concedere to concede
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with concession
accession, aggression, bull session, compression, confession, depression, digression, discretion, egression, expression, impression, ingression, jam session, obsession, oppression, precession, procession, profession, progression, recession, refreshen, regression, repression, secession, skull session, succession, suppression, transgression
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