Definition of cession
: a yielding to another : concession
Examples of cession in a Sentence
territorial cessions from one state to another
The law required cession of the land to the heirs.
Recent Examples of cession from the Web
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.
There are impressive detailed replicas of streets and businesses as the exhibit moves chronologically forward through the cession of Hong Kong to the British through the Japanese occupation during World War II.
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CESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cession for English Language Learners
: the act of giving up something (such as power, land, or rights) to another person, group, or country
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 States — U.S. Constitution art. I
2 : the monetary amount of liability ceded by an insurer to a reinsurer — compare concession
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