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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During these sessions, coaches and teens come up with smoking or vaping cessation plans, strategies to handle peer pressure and overall goals. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Teen vaping and tobacco quitline launches in 9 states," 3 July 2019 According to a press release, NJH currently runs cessation hotlines for 16 states and has a 40 percent quit rate. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "New program launches to help teens stop vaping," 3 July 2019 The bill addresses smoking cessation services and medication, prenatal health, dental visits and lead education, Hancock reports. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio Senate budget bill passes unanimously: Capitol Letter," 21 June 2019 Employees are encouraged to direct customers seeking cigarettes to cessation products. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Walgreens Isn’t Ready to Quit Cigarette Sales Yet," 31 Mar. 2019 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

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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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