can·​cel·​la·​tion | \ ˌkan(t)-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce cancellation (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cancelation

Definition of cancellation

1 : the act or an instance of canceling The cancellation of the game was due to bad weather.
2 : 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
3 : a mark made to cancel something (such as a postage stamp)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of E3 in 2020, with many gaming companies substituting their own digital announcements throughout the summer. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of events worldwide that were planned for 2020. Michael Crawford, Wired, 10 June 2021 The pandemic, which forced the cancellation of this race in 2020, still played a role in Sunday’s race. Michael Wagaman, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Nicholaus Zimmer’s death, after inclement weather forced the cancellation of the original May 28 event. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 3 June 2021 The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the storied Texas tradition in 2020. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 2 June 2021 Because pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of almost all parades and festivals in Naperville since March 2020, Monday’s parade was Naperville’s first large public event. Alicia Fabbre,, 1 June 2021 The pandemic forced cancellation of this season for the Toros. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 preseason. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of cancellation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cancellation

see cancel entry 1

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The first known use of cancellation was in 1535

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15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cancellation

: a decision to stop doing or planning to do something : the act of canceling something (such as a game, performance, etc.)
: the act of causing something to end or no longer produce a certain effect : a decision to stop something from being effective or valid


can·​cel·​la·​tion | \ ˌkan-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce cancellation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cancellation

1 : an act of causing something to end or no longer be in effect cancellation of a game
2 : a mark that makes something impossible to use again the cancellation on a postage stamp


variants: also cancelation

Legal Definition of cancellation

1 : the act or an instance of cancelling
2 : a mark made to cancel something (as a check)


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