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

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 on the Web Roche predicted that central banks would continue to raise interest rates over the next six to nine months which in turn would hurt stocks, reduce economic growth and help to precipitate his war-cession. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 20 June 2022 At the turn of the century, following cession of land from the Indigenous Clatsop people, Seaside became a bustling tourist destination on the north Oregon coast, accessible by a short train ride from Portland. oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, there was no such She-cession in the UK, where employment fell less for females than for males. CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 The economic depression caused by the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected women more than men, leading some to call it a she-cession. Kaleb Nygaard, Fortune, 16 June 2021 The team brushed off a shaky start and early goal cession to rumble back for a 3-1 victory, highlighted by a pair of goals from rookie Daryl Dike. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2020 Indigenous people were adapting, while the United States won partial and patchy land cessions, a process accelerated by the War of 1812. Caitlin Fitz, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2020 Indeed, the United States Supreme Court has applied the canons to treaties that do not involve the cession of land to the United States. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, 22 Dec. 2019 These land cessions are known as the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek (Choctaw tribe); Treaty of Cusseta (Creek); Treaty of Pontotoc (Chickasaw); and Treaty of New Echota (Cherokee). al, 28 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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“Cession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cession. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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