a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance: a cessation of hostilities.

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.
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cessation (sɛˈseɪʃən)
a ceasing or stopping; discontinuance; pause: temporary cessation of hostilities
[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 & History

1447, from O.Fr. cessation, from L. cessationem (nom. cessatio) "a delaying, ceasing," from cessare "delay" (see cease).
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Example sentences
Happiness and smoking cessation can spread the same way.
Perhaps cessation of building altogether is the unstated solution--a novel
  idea, but one with little practicality.
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.
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