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 There’s also no active noise cancellation or even ambient sound features on these. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Surface Earbuds deliver on comfort and sound, but the price leaves you wanting more," 2 July 2020 Several student-athletes will remain in limbo because of the cancellation, including South Mountain Community College women's basketball's incoming freshman Jada Pourier. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Athletes, coaches react to Maricopa County junior college sports canceled for 2020-21 season," 26 June 2020 The cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game, scheduled for Aug. 6, is the first real event the NFL has had to cancel. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "What does the canceled Hall of Fame Game mean for the NFL preseason?," 26 June 2020 The cancellation of the Pre Classic isn’t the only change to the Diamond League schedule. oregonlive, "This year’s Pre Classic goes away, but there still could be live track this summer: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 June 2020 On Wednesday, officials announced the cancellation of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the banner three-day summer concert that draws more than 200,000 people to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Peter Fimrite,, "Coronavirus: Alarming spike in state cases raises fears virus is getting out of control," 24 June 2020 Danish designer Jakob Wagoner is responsible for the sleek layout of these swanky headphones, which pair great noise cancellation and deep bass output with a leather and aluminum frame. Popular Science, "Over-the-ear headphones to immerse you in high-quality sound," 19 June 2020 Google has ramped up its Meet app with noise cancellation and low-light enhancement to make your lockdown punim less bleak. Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 Bluetooth technology delivers wireless connectivity to external devices, while the monitor mode effectively handles active noise cancellation for optimal sound quality. Mark Heim |, al, "Father’s Day gifts: Best Buy one-day sale has deals on laptops, TVs, more," 17 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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