ces·​sion | \ ˈse-shən How to pronounce cession (audio) \

Definition of cession

: a yielding to another : concession

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Examples of cession in a Sentence

territorial cessions from one state to another The law required cession of the land to the heirs.

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Virginia’s cession, which included a federal guarantee of the previous land claims of her citizens, led to Maryland’s ratification of the Articles of Confederation on March 1, 1781. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 That conflict ended with the humiliating cession of more than half the nation’s territory to the United States, but López Obrador saw in it at least a few examples of valor. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "A New Revolution in Mexico," 25 June 2012 This evangelical script may not easily accommodate prospective Israeli attempts at rapprochement, or partial cession of sacred spaces. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Religious conflict in Jerusalem may not have political solutions," 18 May 2018 Many of these groups had been adversaries before but took jointly to the street to denounce the cession of Egyptian territory and defend the people’s sovereignty over their homeland. Jannis Grimm, Washington Post, "Two years ago nationalism sparked massive protests in Egypt. Could it happen again?," 15 Apr. 2018 The transfers, or cessions, were made between 1803 and 1970. Robert Lee, Slate Magazine, "The True Cost of the Louisiana Purchase," 1 Mar. 2017 The first Indian cession within the Louisiana Territory established the mold. Robert Lee, Slate Magazine, "The True Cost of the Louisiana Purchase," 1 Mar. 2017 The other is from the perspective of my people, who have lived in Alaska for thousands of years, and for whom the anniversary of the cession brings mixed emotions, including immense loss but also optimism. William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, Smithsonian, "There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russia," 29 Mar. 2017 The prosecutor also said that Ronaldo did not declare income of 28.4 million euros ($31.8 million) made from the cession of image rights from 2015-20 to another company located in Spain. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo appears before judge in tax fraud investigation," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of cession

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cession

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cession-, cessio, from cedere to withdraw — more at cede

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English Language Learners Definition of cession

formal : the act of giving up something (such as power, land, or rights) to another person, group, or country


ces·​sion | \ ˈse-shən How to pronounce cession (audio) \

Legal Definition of cession

1 : an act of ceding : a yielding (as of property) to another: as
a in the civil law of Louisiana : assignment or transfer of property rights by a debtor to a creditor
b : transfer of liability by an insurer to a reinsurer
c : transfer of control of or sovereignty over specific property or territory especially by treaty such district…as may, by cession of particular States…become the seat of the government of the United StatesU.S. Constitution art. I
2 : the monetary amount of liability ceded by an insurer to a reinsurer — compare concession

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