ces·​sa·​tion se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio)
: a temporary or final ceasing (as of action) : stop
mutually agreed to a cessation of fighting

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 Hamas said its delegation arrived in Cairo on Thursday for fresh talks on a cessation of hostilities in Gaza, convened by Egypt and Qatar. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The second phase, Hamas has proposed, would see the conclusion of talks on a cessation of hostilities. Abeer Salman, Ibrahim Dahman and Tim Lister, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 The effort would include a cessation of hostilities that Washington hopes could develop into a permanent cease-fire. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 6 Feb. 2024 Instead, Carnival emphasized the administration’s efforts to decrease smoking and promote cessation services. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 4 Feb. 2024 If a cessation of hostilities is achieved and Hamas can be removed from power, Blinken would need Washington's Arab allies to help put in place a new governance structure. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 6 Feb. 2024 While Apple has faced patent disputes in other countries, leading to the cessation of sales for older iPhone models, such a significant action within the U.S. market, especially during the holiday season, is remarkable. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 19 Dec. 2023 In a speech Sunday, the group’s leader, Hasan Nasrallah, repeated his position that a cease-fire in Gaza is a precursor to any diplomatic talks or a cessation of fighting on the border. John Hudson, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Richmond is believed to have been the first U.S. city to call for a cessation of fighting, on Oct. 25, while Oakland took action on Nov. 27. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cessation was in the 14th century

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“Cessation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cessation. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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ces·​sa·​tion se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio)
: a stopping of action

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