in·​dic·​tion | \ in-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce indiction (audio) \

Definition of indiction

: a 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in several ancient and medieval systems

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Recent Examples on the Web Is Apple still on target? ‘Spring Loaded’ will be our first indiction. Ewan Spence, Forbes, "What Will Apple Announce At Today’s Big Event? IOS Predictions, New iMac, New iPad Pro," 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of indiction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indiction

Middle English indiccion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin indiction-, indictio, from Latin, proclamation, from indicere to proclaim, from in- + dicere to say — more at diction

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29 Apr 2021

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“Indiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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