Definition of cession in English:



  • The formal giving up of rights, property, or territory, especially by a state.

    ‘the cession of twenty important towns’
    • ‘Its task was to ratify not only the annexation of the new territories, but the cession of Nice and Savoy, which had been decided by treaty on 24 March 1860 and endorsed, under the eyes of French troops, by plebiscite.’
    • ‘If there was a special cessions protection, each cession of $2m would go to that treaty and the vertical limit of $5m would not matter; there would be no accumulations.’
    • ‘It was the first in a long series of treaties that ceded tribal land to the United States; with each cession, the tribe was guaranteed unending ownership of their remaining land.’
    • ‘When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939 the territory was briefly occupied by German troops, before its cession to Russia pursuant to the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.’
    • ‘The Agenais was an important wine-growing area and its cession further strengthened the rapidly developing commercial links between Bordeaux and London.’
    • ‘Outside this geographical core were many different types of attached or dependent territories, where links with the UK originated in migrations of peoples of British stock, or in variations of conquest or cession.’
    • ‘But it's become pretty conspicuous since WWII, and became entrenched with the unconstitutional cession of power to the President in the War Powers Act.’
    • ‘The cession of Hong Kong, which Palmerston had never wanted, was no substitute for the opening of more ports to trade.’
    • ‘The cession of Louisiana to Spain may be explained in this light, for Anglo-American ambitions beyond the Mississippi were already clear and it was hoped that Spain, with contiguous possessions, could better resist them than France.’
    • ‘In April 1899, a coaling station was built in Pago Pago harbor by the U. S. Navy, and in February 1900, a deed of cession was negotiated with Tutuila chiefs by Naval Commander B.F. Tilley.’
    • ‘During the Hundred Days in 1810, the British once more occupied the island, but, in spite of its cession to Sweden by the treaty of 1813 and a French invasion in 1814, they did not withdraw till 1816.’
    • ‘A decade after Quebec's failed referendum on cession from the rest of Canada, people in the French-speaking province are once again fired up about the possibility of going their own way.’
    • ‘No less certain is that the Israeli army will keep having plenty of work to do, Israeli civilians will keep being endangered, and that the unilateral cession of Gaza set it all in motion.’
    • ‘But it did not cede Taiwan because among legal experts, there is a consensus that cession requires the stipulation of both donor and recipient.’
    • ‘The victors imposed a hard treaty which included the payment by China of a war indemnity and the cession to Japan of the Manchurian territory around Port Arthur.’
    • ‘Although the San Juans had first been prospected by trespassers on Ute lands, it was not until after the 1874 cession of the San Juans via the Brunot Treaty that serious prospecting was undertaken in what would become the Telluride area.’
    • ‘Consequently, although now out of order and, as a treaty of cession, of a different character, the Walla Walla Treaty became the first legal step in addressing and altering this situation.’
    • ‘Strategically speaking, the Florida cession closed a vulnerable point in American coastal defenses.’
    • ‘Article One was meaningful in 1840, both as a mark of consent and formal cession, and to signify to other colonial powers that this patch was taken, but it's difficult to see its relevance now in anything but a historical sense.’
    • ‘Most Chickasaws settled primarily in three or four towns in the fertile BlackBelt Prairie (approximately 70 km east of Oxford) throughout most of the historic period before cession.’
    surrender, surrendering, ceding, conceding, concession, relinquishment, yielding, giving up, handing over, transfer, transference, transferral, granting, grant, bequest
    resignation, abdication, abandonment, forgoing, forsaking, sacrifice, waiving, waiver, renunciation
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from Latin cession-, from cedere cede.