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)

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 Its longstanding policies of no cancellation or bag fees set it apart from most of its domestic competitors, which tend to charge extra for changes, luggage and other services. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 This isn’t the first cancellation for Vedder this year. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Failure to comply can lead to a range of punishments — including criminal prosecution, visa cancellation or, in Lee’s case, a fine of 2,664 AUD. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 It’s time that airlines drop any misleading advertisements of free cancellation and change policies if these come tied to limitations. Lauren Gumport, Forbes, 19 July 2022 That decline was due in part to COVID-19, which forced the cancellation or postponement of several major events. oregonlive, 14 July 2022 From the statement from the festival: In light of Monday’s tragedy, and out of a deep respect for our community, Ravinia announces the cancellation or postponement of all concerts and events through Sunday, July 10. Doug George, Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2022 What airlines owe you if your flight is canceled or delayed Even if you're not covered by Delta's waiver, you can still be owed some compensation if there is a significant delay or a cancellation. Zach Wichter, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2022 Connections add complexity and increase vulnerability to cancellation or delay, particularly those via places that can experience severe weather problems in summer. John Walton, CNN, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cancellation


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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