• WordNet 3.6
    • n cession the act of ceding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cession A yielding to physical force.
    • Cession A yielding, or surrender, as of property or rights, to another person; the act of ceding. "A cession of the island of New Orleans."
    • Cession Concession; compliance.
    • Cession (Eccl. Law) The giving up or vacating a benefice by accepting another without a proper dispensation.
    • Cession (Civil Law) The voluntary surrender of a person's effects to his creditors to avoid imprisonment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cession The act of yielding or giving way; concession.
    • n cession A yielding to physical force or impulse.
    • n cession The act of ceding, yielding, or surrendering, as territory, property, or rights; a giving up, resignation, or surrender.
    • n cession In civil law, a voluntary surrender of a person's effects to his creditors to avoid imprisonment. See cessio bonorum.
    • n cession Eccles., the leaving of one benefice in consequence of accepting another, the incumbent not having a dispensation entitling him to hold both.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cession sesh′un a yielding up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cessio, fr. cedere, to give way: cf. F. Cession,. See Cede
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cession-em. See Cede.


In literature:

A new treaty between Russia and Sweden on April 22 guaranteed the cession of Norway.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
He is a French Ambassador, come to treat with our rulers about the cession of Canada.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
BARDES ceded to the Portuguese, 184: cession confirmed, 194.
"Rulers of India: Albuquerque" by Henry Morse Stephens
It was among the cessions in India made by the king of the Netherlands in 1825 in exchange for the British possessions in Sumatra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
It was this Congress that accepted the cession from Virginia.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
Cuban policy of, 128-132; demands cession of Philippine Islands, 135.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
The territory west of the divide was included in the Mexican cession of 1848.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
In return, we desire the cession of only a small part of Italy, extending from our frontier to Genoa.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
I'd thist march around bare-hedded in the torch-light p'cession.
"The Old Soldiers Story" by James Whitcomb Riley
The cooeperation of Cosmo de'Medici, then lord of Tuscany, had been secured by the cession of Sienna.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
The treaty of Basel had secured the cession of the whole Spanish part of the island to France.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
Engaged in the fur trade soon after the cession of Canada to England, and chiefly instrumental in organizing the North West Company, 1784.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
It forms a part of the Mexican cession of 1848, and its name is derived from the Ute or Utah Indians.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
The cession of this territory tended to establish for us an economic completeness.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
The cession and renunciation of the crown by Richard II.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
By the cession of these places to France, the boundary line between France and Spain became the Pyrenees.
"Cuba" by Arthur D. Hall
But there was no hint at her cession of Cuba to the United States.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 4" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
Independence or cession to Japan is the self-preservation of American democracy.
"Races and Immigrants in America" by John R. Commons
In 1595 Sultan Murad, son of the emperor Akbar, besieged Ahmednagar, and was bought off by the formal cession of Berar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
Oration on the Cession of Russian America to the United States.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson

In poetry:

De 'cession's stahted on de gospel way,
De Capting is a-drawin' nigh:
Bettah stop a-foolin' an' a-try to pray;
Lif' up yo' haid w'en de King go by!
"A Spiritual" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The Man- cession and the He-covery.
During the height of the recent financial crisis, a new term entered the lexicon of pop economists and established number-crunchers alike — "man- cession ".
What did the Mexican Cession, "Bleeding Kansas" and John Brown's Raid have in common.
Are we in a man-cession.

In science:

MS stars are constant on timescales of decades. A few mCP stars display secular cyclic changes in the shape of their light curves (see e.g. ˇZi ˇz ˇnovsk ´y et al. 2000), which can be attributed to the pre cession of magnetically distorted stars (Pyper & Adelman 2004).
Surprising variations in the rotation of the chemically peculiar stars CU Virginis and V901 Orionis
La frequenza a cui avviene la transizione tra il comportamento adiabatico, tipico delle basse frequenze, e quello in cui si presenta assorbimento o cessione di energia, fornisce una misura del tempo di interazione della particella con la barriera.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)