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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is ceded. Insurance: (part of) a risk which is transferred from one actor to another.
  • n. The giving up of rights, property etc. which one is entitled to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A yielding to physical force.
  • n. Concession; compliance.
  • n. A yielding, or surrender, as of property or rights, to another person; the act of ceding.
  • n. The giving up or vacating a benefice by accepting another without a proper dispensation.
  • n. The voluntary surrender of a person's effects to his creditors to avoid imprisonment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of yielding or giving way; concession.
  • n. A yielding to physical force or impulse.
  • n. The act of ceding, yielding, or surrendering, as territory, property, or rights; a giving up, resignation, or surrender.
  • n. In civil law, a voluntary surrender of a person's effects to his creditors to avoid imprisonment. See cessio bonorum.
  • n. Eccles., the leaving of one benefice in consequence of accepting another, the incumbent not having a dispensation entitling him to hold both.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of ceding

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cessiō, cessiōn-, from cessus, past participle of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French cession, from Latin cessionem, from past participle of cēdere ("to yield"). (Wiktionary)

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