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 No football season meant the cancellation of rivalry games, like the Little Brown Jug (Michigan versus Minnesota) and the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana versus Purdue), that had been played for a century or more. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds and assistant travel editor Mary Forgione explain what the change-and-cancellation landscape looks like in California. Los Angeles Times, "What do sinks and virtual travel have in common? Hear us out...," 17 Dec. 2020 On the travel side, this card offers trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance, which is designed to reimbuse you if your trip is canceled or cut short by a covered situation. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "There are three top-notch Chase Ink business credit cards, but which one is best for you?," 11 Dec. 2020 Change and cancellation fees brought in $2.8 billion for U.S. carriers last year, according to the Department of Transportation. NBC News, "Covid live updates and vaccine news: U.S. tops 15 million coronavirus cases," 10 Dec. 2020 Twitter cancellation earlier this year -- and events escalate from there. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Music Videos of 2020: Staff Picks," 9 Dec. 2020 This once-in-a-lifetime cancellation should make fans realize playing sports in a pandemic is frivolous, not essential. Shannon Ryan,, "Column: The Big Ten changed its rules on the fly — again — to let Ohio State play for the conference title and help the Buckeyes’ bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff," 9 Dec. 2020 Many higher-end headsets include noise cancellation, which is actually a bit of a mixed bag. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, "Best gaming headset: Five things to consider," 7 Dec. 2020 The cancellation, which will bring the tournament to a close, was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group, the organizers of the event. Dom Amore,, "UConn Men’s Saturday basketball game against N.C. State canceled due to coronavirus infection," 5 Dec. 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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cancellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 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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