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accession

noun ac·ces·sion \ ik-ˈse-shən , ak- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of accession

1 a : the act or process by which someone rises to a position of honor or power
  • the accession of a new queen
  • a politician's accession to power
  • Queen Victoria's accession to the throne/crown occurred in 1837.
b : an act of coming near or to something : approach, admittance
2 : something added : acquisition
  • the museum's latest accessions
3 a : increase by something added
b : acquisition of additional property (as by growth or increase of existing property)
4 : the act of assenting or agreeing
5 a : the act of becoming joined : adherence
b : the act by which one nation becomes party to an agreement already in force between other powers
6 : a sudden fit or outburst : access

accessional

play \-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of accession in a Sentence

  1. the accession of Queen Elizabeth II

  2. an exhibit of the museum's latest accessions

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Origin and Etymology of accession

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French accession "acquisition, increase" (Old French also "attack of an illness"), borrowed from Latin accessiōn-, accessiō "approach, onset, paroxysm, addition, accessory," from accēdere "to approach" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at accede

accession Synonyms


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accession

verb

Definition of accession

transitive verb
: to record in order of acquisition
  • Each book in the library had been carefully accessioned.

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Origin and Etymology of accession

derivative of 1accession


ACCESSION Defined for Kids

accession

noun ac·ces·sion \ ak-ˈse-shən \

Definition of accession for Students

: the rise to a position of power
  • accession to the throne

Law Dictionary

accession

noun ac·ces·sion \ ik-ˈse-shən, ak- \

legal Definition of accession

1 : increase by something added; specifically : the mode of acquiring property by which the owner of property (as a building, land, or cattle) becomes the owner of an addition by growth, improvement, increase, or labor
2 : the act of assenting or agreeing


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