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

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 The authors called for the cessation of trade restrictions that affect access to nutrition and for the use of social protection measures, such as food or cash transfers, specifically tailored to address malnutrition. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 However, the stay-at-home years have been tough on older adults who were not prepared for an abrupt cessation of income. Sara Zeff Geber, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 Vereshchuk added that evacuations from the Luhansk region are subject to the cessation of ongoing Russian shelling. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2022 Democratic Progressive Party was elected president, leading to a cessation of formal dialogue between Beijing and Taiwan. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 Mortality and morbidity — the words their profession uses for death and illness — are on one side of the equation, and tools like seat belts, blood pressure medication, smoking-cessation programs and vaccines are on the other. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Traction alopecia is entirely preventable and can be treated with cessation of the hairstyles that cause it, anti-inflammatory treatments such as topical/intralesional steroids, minoxidil compounds, and/or platelet-rich plasma. Aley Arion, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 Not only the phony Donbas republics but Crimea, too; not only cessation of hostilities but also heavy reparations; not only withdrawal but disarmament as well. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 And yet, on Tribal reservations, where many homes lack electricity and running water, calling a quit line or attending a smoking cessation webinar are not always realistic options for smokers. Patricia Nez Henderson And Catherine Saucedo, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cessation

14th 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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8 May 2022

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“Cessation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cessation. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of cessation

: a coming to a stop

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