ces·​sion ˈse-shən How to pronounce cession (audio)
: 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 The prevalence of smoking has significantly decreased since the 1990s, and countries have been enacting various attempts at cession for decades—including restrictions on smoking in public places. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 In the meantime, the federal government assigned clerks to deal with the day-to-day logistics of the removal, appointed commissioners to negotiate land cessions, and mobilized thousands of soldiers to make the deportations a reality on the ground. David Treuer, Foreign Affairs, 9 June 2020 What she-cession? Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 15 Dec. 2022 Women are going through a she-cession. CBS News, 28 Feb. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cession was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cession. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ces·​sion ˈsesh-ən How to pronounce cession (audio)
: a giving over (as of territory or rights) to another

Legal Definition


ces·​sion ˈse-shən How to pronounce cession (audio)
: an act of ceding : a yielding (as of property) to another: as
in the civil law of Louisiana : assignment or transfer of property rights by a debtor to a creditor
: transfer of liability by an insurer to a reinsurer
: 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
: the monetary amount of liability ceded by an insurer to a reinsurer compare concession

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