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
Recent Examples on the Web Bupropion, an antidepressant also prescribed for smoking cessation, raises dopamine levels in the brain and thus may buffer the misery of steep drops that occur when people stop using meth. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "At Last, Some Help for Meth Addiction," 15 Mar. 2021 About 190,000 fewer Americans last year called toll-free smoking cessation help lines compared to the year before, and cigarette sales increased after years of decline, according to a North American Quitline Consortium report issued Friday. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Cigarette sales increased during pandemic as fewer smokers sought help quitting," 13 Mar. 2021 Coming just days before the one-year anniversary of the national shutdown due to COVID-19 - a halt that in many way was led by the NBA’s abrupt cessation of games on March 11 - the game was entertaining. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "At All-Star Game, Warriors' Steph Curry provided a shot of what we all need: joy," 8 Mar. 2021 The closing of Apple's stores on March 14 served as a sign of the impending retail cessation due to the coronavirus outbreak. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect," 2 Mar. 2021 Be sheekee, a powerful Chippewa chief also called Buffalo or the Great Buffalo, is known for negotiating a land cessation treaty with the U.S. government. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attack," 27 Feb. 2021 Global Ceasefire’s central example is the United Nations Security Council resolution passed in July 2020 demanding a cessation of all conflict so that humanitarian aid can be delivered to regions hit hard by the pandemic. Shaan Sachdev, The New Republic, "Wikipedia’s Sprawling, Awe-Inspiring Coverage of the Pandemic," 26 Feb. 2021 The latter is an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Combination of two drugs can help treat methamphetamine addiction for some, new clinical trial data shows," 13 Jan. 2021 Following a cessation of meetings starting Dec. 18, the Defense Department has held three briefings this week with Mr. Biden’s team on Covid-19 and cybersecurity, Pentagon and transition officials said. Sabrina Siddiqui, WSJ, "Biden Transition’s Pentagon Briefings Resume Amid Dispute," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of cessation was in the 15th century

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2 Apr 2021

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“Cessation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cessation. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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