ces·​sa·​tion | \ se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio) \

Definition of cessation

: a temporary or final ceasing (as of action) : stop mutually agreed to a cessation of fighting

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Examples of cessation in a Sentence

Relapses after cessation of treatment are common. the cessation of the snowstorm was a relief
Recent Examples on the Web With the former, ASEAN states must stand firm on critical issues that should transcend political divides—including the immediate cessation of violence and the release of political prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi among them. Brian Wong, Fortune, "ASEAN states must act to help Myanmar. This is where they should start," 25 Mar. 2021 In a news briefing on Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud announced the kingdom’s proposal for a cessation of hostilities across the country, to be supervised by the United Nations. Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia proposes cease-fire in Yemen, but Houthis demand end of blockade first," 22 Mar. 2021 At the time, there was anticipation that then-President Donald Trump might swiftly resume federal executions, following cessation of the practice under several several previous administrations. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter," 29 Mar. 2021 White believed that only brain death—the cessation of the brain’s electrical signals—meant true death. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher’ Review: A Heart in the Right Place," 21 Feb. 2021 Bupropion, an antidepressant also prescribed for smoking cessation, raises dopamine levels in the brain and thus may buffer the misery of steep drops that occur when people stop using meth. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "At Last, Some Help for Meth Addiction," 15 Mar. 2021 About 190,000 fewer Americans last year called toll-free smoking cessation help lines compared to the year before, and cigarette sales increased after years of decline, according to a North American Quitline Consortium report issued Friday. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Cigarette sales increased during pandemic as fewer smokers sought help quitting," 13 Mar. 2021 Coming just days before the one-year anniversary of the national shutdown due to COVID-19 - a halt that in many way was led by the NBA’s abrupt cessation of games on March 11 - the game was entertaining. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "At All-Star Game, Warriors' Steph Curry provided a shot of what we all need: joy," 8 Mar. 2021 The closing of Apple's stores on March 14 served as a sign of the impending retail cessation due to the coronavirus outbreak. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cessation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cessation

Middle English cessacioun, from Middle French cessation, from Latin cessation-, cessatio delay, idleness, from cessare to delay, be idle — more at cease

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The first known use of cessation was in the 15th century

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26 Apr 2021

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“Cessation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cessation. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cessation

formal : a stopping of some action : a pause or stop


ces·​sa·​tion | \ se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cessation

: a coming to a stop

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