can·​cel·​la·​tion ˌkan(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce cancellation (audio)
variants or less commonly cancelation
: the act or an instance of canceling
The cancellation of the game was due to bad weather.
: something (such as a hotel room or a ticket) made available by the canceling of an arrangement
was lucky to get a cancellation for the trip to Chicago
: a mark made to cancel something (such as a postage stamp)

Examples of cancellation in a Sentence

The storm caused delays and flight cancellations. Notice of cancellation should be given 30 days in advance. There is a fee for cancellation. Cancellations increased when rates doubled.
Recent Examples on the Web The cancellation pushes small modular reactors’ U.S. debut even further into a murky future. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Nov. 2023 Why are companies risking higher cancellation rates to get higher revenue per subscriber? Todd Spangler, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 According to Reuters, Musk’s data-access restrictions on X have led to the cancellation, suspension, or alteration of over 100 studies about disinformation on ex-Twitter. David Meyer, Fortune Europe, 6 Nov. 2023 The city’s hotels reported around 7,500 cancellations amid a wave of violence. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 The Apple AirPods Max sound truly great, and the noise cancellation is incredibly effective. Geoffrey Morrison,, 2 Nov. 2023 Hill shared a statement on X and Instagram about the cancellation. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Noise cancellation has grown more impressive than ever, and Bluetooth codecs like LDAC and AptX Adaptive have led to meaningful upticks in audio quality. Chris Welch, The Verge, 24 Oct. 2023 Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival has announced the bulk of its lineup from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), signaling that the event is forging ahead with its third edition despite the Israel-Hamas war that has caused cancellations of several movie celebrations across the Arab world. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see cancel entry 1

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cancellation was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


can·​cel·​la·​tion ˌkan(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce cancellation (audio)
: an act of canceling
: a mark made to cancel something

Legal Definition


variants also cancelation
: the act or an instance of cancelling
: a mark made to cancel something (as a check)

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