Definition of cancellation in US English:



  • 1The action of canceling something that has been arranged or planned.

    ‘the project was threatened with cancellation by the government’
    ‘train services are subject to cancellation at short notice’
    ‘the cancellation of the performance’
    • ‘Artists' fees and the costs and expenses in the event of cancellation were also covered.’
    • ‘More worrisome is the notion that our civil liberties are subject to cancellation in times of crisis.’
    • ‘Repeatedly over the past five years the mission was threatened with cancellation.’
    • ‘Technically all the consumer needs to do in order to claim their cash is to send notice of cancellation.’
    • ‘Also, make enquiries about fees for cancellation or changing dates for the trip, in case any such need arises.’
    • ‘Getting out of those contracts now means having to pay cancellation fees.’
    • ‘He stressed that patients had been advised beforehand that their ops could be subject to cancellation at this time of year and asked to ring in to check they were going ahead.’
    • ‘A traditional Christmas meal organised by the Salvation Army is under threat of cancellation this year.’
    • ‘A Yorkshire-based national art exhibition threatened with cancellation in its 25th year is to go ahead on Saturday.’
    • ‘The British Grand Prix was threatened with cancellation by the International Automobile Federation last year as a result of traffic chaos.’
    • ‘A royal endorsement is a timely boost to this major event as organisers seek to erase the bad memories of last year's cancellation due to foot-and-mouth disease.’
    • ‘However, this did not stop the bank from imposing a $100 cancellation fee.’
    • ‘Accounts found hosting this material will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.’
    • ‘Perishable goods or items which have been made to your specifications are not subject to cancellation rights’
    • ‘The notice period for cancellation by insurers should not be less than 30 days to provide enough time to a policyholder in organising cover from alternative sources.’
    • ‘The departure screens show cancellation after cancellation, delay after delay.’
    • ‘The fee cancellation could take effect as early as next January.’
    • ‘Airlines waived some cancellation fees and issued vouchers for future flights to passengers who wanted to stay home.’
    • ‘Prizes described above are subject to alteration and cancellation at short notice.’
    • ‘And there'll be no fee for this cancellation, of course.’
    revocation, rescindment, reversal, abrogation, retraction, invalidation, nullification
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    1. 1.1 A crossing out of something written.
      ‘all cancellations on documents must be made indelibly’
      eradication, erasing, erasure, effacing, rubbing out, blotting out, wiping out, removal, expunging, effacement, blanking out, blocking out, deletion, striking out, crossing out, inking out, scoring out
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    2. 1.2 A visible or electronic mark placed on a postage stamp to show that it has been used.
      • ‘At first the Post Office applied a red cancellation mark to the new Penny Black stamps on envelopes, but it readily washed off.’
      • ‘James made numerous books with pages of facsimile postcards, replete with colored stamps and cancellation marks.’
      • ‘The cancellation on the stamp is basic, including no post office information or date that I could use to trace the letter.’
      • ‘It's then sent through our inkjets and given a cancellation mark over the stamps.’
      • ‘Postal cancellations, like collectors' chops on traditional Chinese paintings, may appear independent of their stamps.’
      • ‘Likewise, abstract designs derived from dry reeds, postage cancellations, typography, wire fences, waves and seagulls fill the spiral form of Snail Maze.’
    3. 1.3Law The annulling of a legal document.
      ‘the debtor can procure cancellation if satisfied within one month’
      • ‘There is no written documentation of Troge's cancellation of the contract.’
      • ‘Mr de Bono submits that it was unlawful of the Commission to have refused cancellation of registration on the basis that some of the service users lacked capacity.’
      • ‘What resulted in the cancellation of the contracts was the inability/failure of Latreefers to pay the keel laying instalments when they fell due and the Yard's cancellation of the contracts thereafter.’
      • ‘In Mr Godfrey's opinion Clause 8 does not deal with cancellation but more appropriately deals with disclosures and waivers of rights.’
      • ‘The Applicant appealed to the Care Standards Tribunal against that cancellation on 24th February 2003.’