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
Every state that seceded mentioned slavery as the cause in their declarations of secession.
But in El Akkad's dystopian vision, those differences have led, once again, to secession and internecine warfare.
This details the day’s progress in the war, from the secession of states, to Robert E. Lee’s resignation from the United States Army.
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Origin and Etymology of secession
Latin secession-, secessio, from secedere
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
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Definition of secession for English Language Learners
: the act of separating from a nation or state and becoming independent
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