Definition of recessional in English:



  • 1Relating to an economic recession.

    ‘recessional times’
    • ‘Because it has diversified from gaming and tourism, Las Vegas is no longer immune to U.S. recessional trends, he said.’
    • ‘This trend was due to lower outflows on services and other incomes earned because of the recessional conditions of the domestic economy, including the export sector.’
    • ‘In addition, the recessional economy has created a more cautious buying environment.’
  • 2Astronomy
    Relating to or denoting motion away from the observer.

    ‘astronomers measure an object's recessional speed by observing its red shift’
    • ‘Typical recessional speed for Virgo cluster galaxies is about 1,200 kilometres/second.’
    • ‘Over three decades of such trials they have shown that the recessional speed of the Moon is about an inch and a half per year.’
    • ‘So, in a nutshell, if a galaxy's peculiar velocity is toward us and larger than its Hubble recessional velocity, then its light will appear blueshifted.’
  • 3Geology
    (of a moraine or other deposit) left during a pause in the retreat of a glacier or ice sheet.

    • ‘Bogs and glacial recessional lake deposits frequently contain compressible deposits of peat and organic-rich silt.’
    • ‘Thus beaches are correlated with recessional moraines, and the beach elevation remains the same until the ice barrier retreats to a position where a new lake outlet is exposed.’
    • ‘A substantial recessional moraine accumulated at the junction of the three tributary glaciers at this position.’


  • A hymn sung while the clergy and choir process out of church at the end of a service.

    • ‘The choir sang for processionals and recessionals and during church services.’
    • ‘After the recessional we slip away from Mama and Papa, who will loiter by the door to exchange pleasantries with Father Friend.’
    • ‘Either of these two pieces could also be used immediately after the wedding recessional, while guests leave the Church.’
    • ‘Gail Smith, who has been active in church music, has assembled a useful group of pieces suitable for church or Sunday school preludes, offertories or recessionals.’
    • ‘After the recessional Croft waited until the exodus had abated, nodded silently to her ladyship as she passed down the aisle, and followed the stragglers out.’