Definition of secession
1 : withdrawal into privacy or solitude : retirement
2 : formal withdrawal from an organization
Examples of secession in a Sentence
the secession of the Southern states
Recent Examples of secession from the Web
The revolts of the Quebecois and Catalonian secession and Grexits and Brexits continue to lead the news and Scottish rebels still fight the 1707 Act of Union.
Thoreau would continue to develop these ideas into the next year, when the concept of secession—not succession—preoccupied most of the nation.
In November, with the election to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the candidate of the antislavery Republican Party, Charleston went all in for secession.
Kosovo Status Russia is also Serbia’s largest ally supporting Belgrade’s refusal to accept the 2008 secession of Kosovo, one of the biggest hurdles to concluding accession talks.
That's a strange argument coming from a side that celebrates less than years of secession 147 years later.
Every state that seceded mentioned slavery as the cause in their declarations of secession.
This sapped the energy from the South’s secession movement and combat ability.
But in El Akkad's dystopian vision, those differences have led, once again, to secession and internecine warfare.
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Origin and Etymology of secession
Latin secession-, secessio, from secedere
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
SECESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of secession for English Language Learners
: the act of separating from a nation or state and becoming independent
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