ces·​sa·​tion | \se-ˈsā-shən \

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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The government holds the power to designate a country for TPS, and to decide when conditions merit its cessation. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "For a Honduran mother in Philly, a forced return to a troubled homeland looms," 8 May 2018 Gilead Sciences has news about its drug application to treat HIV, Achieve Life Sciences is treating smoking cessation, and Mylan and Mallinckrodt receive subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department. Bloomberg.com, "Bay State Biotech Report: Gilead, Achieve, Mylan + Mallinckrodt," 11 Aug. 2017 Makers of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices often tout their products as smoking cessation aids. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Vaping Doesn’t Often Help Smokers Quit, New Study Finds," 9 July 2018 The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line, which is part of the Ohio Department of Health, offers free smoking cessation coaching and a free month's supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Smoking rates decline, but at slower pace for minorities and poor, CDC says," 8 Mar. 2018 The company has changed its entryways and walkways to enhance exposure of skin creams, smoking cessation products and other health-care items as well as juices, nuts, vegetables and other healthy snacks. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "When will that new CVS Pharmacy open in downtown Fort Worth?," 12 June 2018 Each of the 5 Active Member companies participate in a $1 million traveler’s assistance program, which helps protect consumers against any losses arising from bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Paradise awaits in the Philippines," 2 July 2018 Anyone in the culture who is calling for a cessation of stereotypes has to renounce them in full. Author: Carolyn Hax, Anchorage Daily News, "Carolyn Hax: Want to make sexism obsolete? Start with the kids.," 25 June 2018 Starting that with the cessation of U.S.-South Korea war games—that is, practicing the mass murder of innocents—is a good way to get the ball rolling. Beatrice Fihn, Time, "Ending War Games With South Korea Isn't a 'Stunning Concession.' It's the Best Thing to Come Out of the Summit So Far," 13 June 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

: a stopping of some action : a pause or stop


ces·​sa·​tion | \se-ˈsā-shən \

Kids Definition of cessation

: a coming to a stop

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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