noun (1)
cas·​sa·​tion | \ kaˈsāshənˌ kə- \
plural -s

Definition of cassation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of annulling, canceling, or quashing : abrogation a general cassation of their constitutions— J. L. Motley — see court of cassation


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of cassation (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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History and Etymology for cassation

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 18 Oct. 2021.

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