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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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Conquerors Armed With Spreadsheets," 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, "Minnesota Court of Appeals rules in favor of state in netting case," 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, "The story of us: Alabama history 10,000 BC to now," 28 Nov. 2019 The Mexican border had reached up into the valley until the cession of 1848 handed over most of the American southwest to the United States; the first non-Native American settlements followed soon after. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Denver Post listening tour: Alamosa and the San Luis Valley see isolation as their greatest challenge — and strength," 18 Aug. 2019 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

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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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14 May 2020

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“Cession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cession. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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