1. act of ceding, as by treaty.
  2. something that is ceded, as territory.


  1. the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
  2. something that is ceded, esp land or territory

late 14c., “a relinquishing,” from Old French cession “cession; death” (13c.), from Latin cessionem (nominative cessio) “a giving up, surrendering,” noun of action from past participle stem of cedere “to go away, yield” (see cede). Related: Cessionary.

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