Definition of concession
1a : the act or an instance of conceding (as by granting something as a right, accepting something as true, or acknowledging defeat) The union will seek further concessions before accepting the contract.b : the admitting of a point claimed in argument
2 : something conceded or granted:a : acknowledgment, admissionb : something done or agreed to usually grudgingly in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation The ending of the movie was changed as a concession to the American audience's sensibilities.c (1) : a grant of land or property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use (2) : a right to undertake and profit by a specified activity a concession to drill for oil (3) : a lease of a portion of premises for a particular purpose; also : the portion leased or the activities carried on
concessionalplay \kən-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nəl\ adjective
concessionaryplay \kən-ˈse-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
Examples of concession in a Sentence
In the big pristine forests of the Congo Basin, governments are selling logging and mining concessions to get money … —Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2007
With him he carried a secret mandate from Prince Gauda, promising all sorts of concessions in Numidia once he was its king. —Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991
We sang exactly in the same range. There was never a concession that had to be made musically because our ranges were so totally compatible. —Rosemary Clooney, quoted in Joe Smith, Off the Record, 1988
As a concession to her debility she lay on an aluminum chaise longue … —John Updike, New Yorker, 23 May 1988
We are waiting for his concession of the election.
The candidate made an emotional concession speech when it was clear that he had lost.
The strikers have won some important concessions from the company.
Recent Examples of concession from the Web
Aaron Jade Brooks and Logan Bryant Thornton, both 18, are accused of breaking into a portable classroom and concession stand at Owens Elementary school in Limestone County.
Joaquín Almunia, Europe’s then-competition chief, had won concessions from Google that allowed its rivals to be given greater prominence in people’s specialized search results related to shopping, restaurants and local business reviews.
Then last year’s strike resulted in bursary concessions.
The Tuesday party for Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District was hopping long after Ossoff had given his concession speech.
There will be a satellite concession stand for the screenings.
Netanyahu's government is also dominated by religious and nationalist hardliners who oppose Palestinian statehood and will fight any major concessions.
No concession stands line this isolated strip of sand.
Mr. Yun was told the North wanted concessions in return for Mr. Warmbier’s release, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
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Meanings of concession
Concession carries two very distinct meanings in English. It is commonly used to indicate something that has been conceded (as when the politician who loses a race gives a concession speech, or when someone makes a concession in an argument). In a completely different context, the word maybe be found in the phrase concession stand. Where does this last use come from? Were concession stands originally set up to settle arguments or elections? Hardly. The concession in concession stand denotes “a usually exclusive right to undertake and profit by a specified activity.” The phrase is first recorded in a classified ad seeking someone to work at a booth at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Origin and Etymology of concession
Middle English concessyon, from Anglo-French concessioun, from Latin concession-, concessio, from concedere to concede
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
CONCESSION Defined for Kids
Definition of concession for Students
1 : the act or an instance of giving up or admitting something a concession of defeat His one concession to the temperature was that we work indoors … — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
2 : something given up The employees won concessions from the company.
3 : a right to engage in business given by an authority a mining concession
4 : a small business where things are sold (as at a sports facility or public place)
Legal Definition of concession
1 : an act or instance of conceding or yielding
2 : something conceded: as a : acknowledgment, admission b : something granted especially as an inducement (as to enter into an agreement) c : a grant of real property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use (as settlement) d : a right to undertake a specified activity for profit on another's real property a logging concession e : a lease that grants a right to engage in a profitable activity on another's real property; also : the property or portion of the property subject to such a lease
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