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

Essential Meaning of cancellation

1 : a decision to stop doing or planning to do something : the act of canceling something (such as a game, performance, etc.) The storm caused delays and flight cancellations. In case of cancellation, the game will be played at a later date. [=if the game is canceled, it will be rescheduled for later]
2 : the act of causing something to end or no longer produce a certain effect : a decision to stop something from being effective or valid Notice of cancellation should be given 30 days in advance. There is a fee for cancellation. Cancellations increased when rates doubled.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Air India also announced the cancellation of some U.S.-bound flights operated by 777 jets. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Hundreds of environmental protesters demanding the cancellation of plans for lithium mining in Serbia took to the streets on Saturday, blocking roads and a border crossing. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 18 Jan. 2022 The cancellation comes as The Ellen DeGeneres Show is also set to end its run later this spring after 19 seasons. Dan Heching,, 18 Jan. 2022 The cancellation of the NBC series comes as DeGeneres is also working on the final season of her daytime show. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2022 According to the Red Cross, Illinois’ blood supply is at a critical low, resulting in the cancellation of surgeries. Mike Danahey,, 18 Jan. 2022 Nadal won the Australian Open in 2009 and is the only past champion in the men’s bracket after Djokovic’s late withdrawal Sunday because he was forced to fly out of the country when a court upheld the cancellation of his visa. John Pye, ajc, 17 Jan. 2022 Dion’s muscle spasms were also a factor in the cancellation of her residency at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, which was scheduled for November 2021 and performances into early 2022. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 15 Jan. 2022 Why the judge ruled in his favor: The government hadn't given Djokovic enough advance notice about the cancellation of his visa or time to prepare materials in his defense, the judge said. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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