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recession

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noun re·ces·sion \ri-ˈse-shən\

Definition of recession

  1. 1 :  the act or action of receding :  withdrawal

  2. 2 :  a departing procession (as of clergy and choir at the end of a church service)

  3. 3 :  a period of reduced economic activity

recessionary

play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective


Circa 1652

First Known Use of recession

circa 1652


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recession

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noun re·ces·sion \(ˌ)rē-ˈse-shən\

Definition of recession

  1. :  the act of ceding back to a former possessor



Origin and Etymology of recession

re- + cession


First Known Use: 1828


RECESSION Defined for Kids

recession

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noun re·ces·sion \ri-ˈse-shən\

Definition of recession for Students

  1. :  a period of reduced business activity




Medical Dictionary

recession

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noun re·ces·sion \ri-ˈsesh-ən\

Medical Definition of recession

  1. :  pathological withdrawal of tissue from its normal position <advanced gum recession>





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