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[kan-suh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkæn səˈleɪ ʃən/
an act of canceling.
the marks or perforations made in canceling.
something canceled, as a reservation for a hotel room, airplane ticket, allowing someone else to obtain the accommodation.
Also, cancelation.
Origin of cancellation
1525-35; < Latin cancellātion- (stem of cancellātiō). See cancellate, -ion
Related forms
recancellation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cancellation
  • Things such as debt cancellation or permanent tax cuts fail.
  • The contracts were so large that a single cancellation could wreck a small company.
  • No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight.
  • First, there was the financial crisis that almost forced the cancellation of the entire season.
  • The cancellation of school or daycare throws my world into a spin.
  • Near the headphone jack is a second microphone for noise cancellation.
  • And insist on a cancellation clause that lets you pay a fee to cancel the lease.
  • The company has appealed against the abrupt cancellation of its licence.
  • But publicizing your policy will result in instant cancellation.
  • T-Mobile's contract cancellation fee remains the same.
British Dictionary definitions for cancellation


the fact or an instance of cancelling
something that has been cancelled, such as a theatre ticket, esp when it is available for another person to take: we have a cancellation in the stalls
the marks or perforation made by cancelling
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Word Origin and History for cancellation

also cancelation, 1530s, from Latin cancellationem (nominative cancellatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cancellare "to cancel" (see cancel). Of reservations for conveyances, hotels, etc., from 1953.

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