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1. A ceding or surrendering, as of territory to another country by treaty.
2. Something, such as territory, that is ceded.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cessiō, cessiōn-, from cessus, past participle of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
2. (Law) the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) something that is ceded, esp land or territory
[C14: from Latin cessiō, from cēdere to yield]


(ˈsɛʃ ən)

1. the act of ceding, as by treaty.
2. something that is ceded, as territory.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cessiō= ced-, variant s. of cēd(ere) (see cede) + -tiō -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cession - the act of ceding
relinquishing, relinquishment - the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
ceding back, recession - the act of ceding back


[ˈseʃən] Ncesión f


nAbtretung f; cession of land/territoryGebietsabtretung (→ en pl) f
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It has been the prudent policy of Congress to appease this controversy, by prevailing upon the States to make cessions to the United States for the benefit of the whole.
For excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation.
Tom's heartbreak vanished and he joined the pro- cession, not because he would not a thousand times rather go anywhere else, but because an awful, un- accountable fascination drew him on.
To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular States and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States; and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislatures of the States in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings.
And as it is to be appropriated to this use with the consent of the State ceding it; as the State will no doubt provide in the compact for the rights and the consent of the citizens inhabiting it; as the inhabitants will find sufficient inducements of interest to become willing parties to the cession; as they will have had their voice in the election of the government which is to exercise authority over them; as a municipal legislature for local purposes, derived from their own suffrages, will of course be allowed them; and as the authority of the legislature of the State, and of the inhabitants of the ceded part of it, to concur in the cession, will be derived from the whole people of the State in their adoption of the Constitution, every imaginable objection seems to be obviated.
During all the inter- vening time my mental condition had been a hurrying suc- cession of vague emotional states or a sort of stupid recep- tivity.
He is a French ambassador, come to treat with our rulers about the cession of Canada.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, Dockyards, and other needful Buildings;--And
Best expects any further pressures stemming from SRL's rapid planned growth to continue being supported by regular capital injections from the Scottish Re Group and significant cessions to two of its affiliates, Scottish Re (Dublin) Limited and SALIC.
subsidiaries, making some adjustments for modified coinsurance cessions and Fitch's variable annuity capital model requirements.
Counterparty risk arising from increased cessions to a non-rated affiliate is expected to remain stable as all new business is transacted on a funds withheld basis.
After the termination of the Voluntary Cessions market agreement at the year end of 2004, the company signed the Bilateral Cessions market agreement with the selected ceding companies in Singapore.