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

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At the same time, the company has rolled out ads at gas stations, in newspapers and on the radio touting Juul as a smoking cessation tool. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul Hires Washington Insiders as Battle Shifts From Schoolyards to Capital," 5 Oct. 2018 Online smoking cessation classes can be accessed by smartphones as well as laptops and desktop computers. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Free quit-smoking classes offered for public housing residents in Wisconsin," 12 Jan. 2018 The ‘monitoring mechanism’ for this deal is the same as the last cessation at the start of the year. Janine Di Giovanni, Newsweek, "Syria Cease-Fire Faces Deep Skepticism on All Sides," 15 Sep. 2016 Her agency, founded in 1805, is responsible for a wide swath of health concerns, from restaurant and food cart inspections, to smoking-cessation programs, to preventing deadly epidemics. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "As a Doctor She Treated Children, Now Health Commissioner Cares for an Entire City," 11 Feb. 2019 And in Lake County, health department officials are pleased to see an influx of residents who have sought out one-on-one counseling for tobacco cessation since the Waukegan Housing Authority went smoke-free in June. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "As public housing buildings go smoke-free, health advocates mobilize to help residents quit," 2 July 2018 In recent years, France has moved to feature gruesome photos of diseased lungs on cigarette packs, while also forcing companies to remove brand names from the covers and other deterrent measures such as government reimbursement of cessation aids. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "The French still love their cigarettes. But the once chic image is going up in smoke," 2 July 2018 Wilson did all this over the heads of the British and French, but the cessation of hostilities achieved their aims as well. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "The Danger of Rushing Into Peace," 11 Nov. 2018 Tushingham, as well as Josiah Black Eagle Pinkham, a Nez Perce cultural specialist who consulted on the work, hope this long history helps in modern-day smoking-cessation efforts for tribes. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "What a new WSU study tells us about the earliest days of smoking tobacco in the Northwest," 30 Oct. 2018

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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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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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