an·​ti-se·​ces·​sion ¦an-tī-si-¦se-shən How to pronounce anti-secession (audio)
variants or less commonly antisecession
: opposed to political secession
These former Whigs and anti-secession Democrats began to assume power as elections to consider secession were producing huge pro-Union … majorities.Lawrence M. Denton, William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis, 2009
anti-secessionist adjective
or less commonly antisecessionist
In any case, the growth of anti-secessionist declarations corresponds with the number of ongoing civil wars in the world. Ann Hironaka, Neverending Wars, 2005
anti-secessionist noun
or less commonly antisecessionist
plural anti-secessionists also antisecessionists
The two anti-secessionists … proved so unpopular with the troops that neither of them lasted long. Bruce S. Allardice, More Generals in Gray, 1995

Word History


anti- entry 1 + secession

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-secession was in 1851

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“Anti-secession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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