se·​ces·​sion | \ si-ˈse-shən How to pronounce secession (audio) \

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 on the Web The law criminalizes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security -- with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for all four offenses. Joshua Berlinger And Lauren Lau, CNN, 6 July 2021 The law bans any activity Beijing deems to constitute sedition, secession and subversion, and allows Chinese state security to operate in the territory. Michelle Toh, CNN, 25 June 2021 Tigray powerbrokers, convinced they would become marginalized by Abiy’s plans, began to talk of secession. Ian Bremmer, Time, 25 June 2021 Roughly half support parties in favor of secession; the other half vote for parties that want to remain in Spain. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Texas legalized slavery as an independent republic in 1836, and Texans later voted 46,153 to 14,747 in favor of secession in 1861. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2021 This chronic instability left Mexico open for secession and easy prey for outside forces. WSJ, 11 June 2021 The linguistic split in Cameroon has sparked years of political turmoil, calls for secession and violence. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 The Confederate battle flag was first flown during the Civil War by the 11 states that supported secession from the United States and the continuation of slavery. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of secession

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for secession

Latin secession-, secessio, from secedere

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“Secession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of secession

: the act of separating from a nation or state and becoming independent

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