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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These protections cover initiation and cessation of life support, organ transplant, sterilization, and termination of pregnancy. Washington Post, "US agency: Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion," 30 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, there is such an anti-vaping prejudice — and a growing bias against the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation — that many are hoping to be able to attribute these cases to traditional nicotine vaping. Michael Siegel, National Review, "CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk," 27 Aug. 2019 Attorney General William Tong recently targeted Juul Labs over claims the company markets its popular vaping device as a smoking cessation tool. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Capitol Watch Podcast: A look inside the Yale study and Fairfield mom’s complaint that led Connecticut to investigate Juul Labs," 6 Aug. 2019 But Connecticut’s investigation will focus on whether the company is illegally selling its products as smoking-cessation devices. Washington Post, "Connecticut launches investigation into vaping health claims," 31 July 2019 Past studies that did not find a connection between vaping and smoking cessation may not have accounted for the differences in daily versus periodic use, the authors theorize. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Daily E-Cigarette Use Can Help Smokers Quit, According to One of the Most Comprehensive Studies Yet," 24 July 2019 That complete cessation of supply now appears to have been a precautionary overreaction. The Economist, "Donald Trump eases off Huawei as firms discover holes in his export ban," 4 July 2019 National Jewish Health, a hospital in Denver, launched the My Life, My Quit tobacco and vaping cessation program Monday for youth under the age of 18. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Teen vaping and tobacco quitline launches in 9 states," 3 July 2019 Ohio is one of nine states in which the youth cessation program is being introduced. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "New program launches to help teens stop vaping," 3 July 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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recurring in steady succession

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