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[se-sey-shuh n] /sɛˈseɪ ʃən/
a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance:
a cessation of hostilities.
Origin of cessation
1350-1400; Middle English cessacio(u)n < Latin cessātiōn- (stem of cessātiō) delay, inactivity, stoppage, equivalent to cessāt(us) past participle of cessāre to delay, stop (cess(us) yielded, ceded (ced- cede + -tus past participle suffix) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
stop, halt, end, suspension, stay, recess. Unabridged
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  • Happiness and smoking cessation can spread the same way.
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  • It involves of course the ultimate cessation of all perceptible happening, and the end of human history.
  • The formally worded announcement did not specifically mention the earthquake as the reason for the cessation of development.
  • But the nation soon learned that the cessation of active war did not necessarily mean the inauguration of peace.
  • There may also be a slow process of degeneration in the cortex, with the cessation of neural input from the eye.
  • What happened next seems to live on in his fiction's patterns of abrupt cessation.
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  • They threw fire and burning brands about the streets, and all night long they ran howling and singing without cessation.
  • There was a cessation of nearly every sort of productive activity except such as contributed to military operations.
British Dictionary definitions for cessation


a ceasing or stopping; discontinuance; pause: temporary cessation of hostilities
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cessātiō a delaying, inactivity, from cessāre to be idle, desist from, from cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for cessation

mid-15c., cessacyoun "interruption, abdication," from Latin cessationem (nominative cessatio) "a delaying, ceasing, tarrying," noun of action from past participle stem of cessare "delay" (see cease (n.)).

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