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accession

[ak-sesh-uh n] /ækˈsɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of coming into the possession of a right, title, office, etc.:
accession to the throne.
2.
an increase by something added:
an accession of territory.
3.
something added:
a list of accessions to the college library.
4.
Law. addition to property by growth or improvement.
5.
consent; agreement; approval:
accession to a demand.
6.
International Law. formal acceptance of a treaty, international convention, or other agreement between states.
7.
the act of coming near; approach.
8.
an attack or onset, as of a disease.
verb (used with object)
9.
to make a record of (a book, painting, etc.) in the order of acquisition.
10.
to acquire (a book, painting, etc.), especially for a permanent collection.
Origin of accession
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin accessiōn- (stem of accessiō) an approach, addition. See access, -ion
Related forms
accessional, adjective
nonaccession, noun
reaccession, noun
unaccessional, adjective
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  • The three differences relate to power, tenure, and manner of accession.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • All this happened now, for the first time since their accession to wealth.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Herodotus (3, 89) places this arrangement into satrapies immediately after the accession.

  • The only change in it that they could notice was an accession of alertness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Indeed he zealously promoted it before his accession to the throne.

British Dictionary definitions for accession

accession

/əkˈsɛʃən/
noun
1.
the act of entering upon or attaining to an office, right, condition, etc
2.
an increase due to an addition
3.
an addition, as to a collection
4.
(property law)
  1. an addition to land or property by natural increase or improvement
  2. the owner's right to the increased value of such land
5.
(international law) the formal acceptance of a convention or treaty
6.
agreement; consent
7.
a less common word for access (sense 2)
verb
8.
(transitive) to make a record of (additions to a collection)
Derived Forms
accessional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for accession
n.

"act of coming to a position," especially of a throne, 1640s, from Latin accessionem (nominative accessio) "a going to, joining, increase," noun of action from past participle stem of accedere (see accede).

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