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noun (1)

kaˈsāshənˌ kə-
plural -s
: the act of annulling, canceling, or quashing : abrogation
a general cassation of their constitutionsJ. L. Motley
see court of cassation


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noun (2)

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: an 18th century instrumental composition in several short movements that is similar in style to the serenade and often performed outdoors

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English cassacioun, from Middle French cassation, from casser to annul + -ation

Noun (2)

German kassation, from German dialect (originally students' slang) kassation, gassation serenade, from kassaten, gassaten (in the phrase kassaten gehen, gassaten gehen, gassatim gehen to roam the streets at night serenading ladies or looking for love affairs or fights), from German gasse street, from Old High German gazza

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“Cassation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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