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[kuh n-sesh-uh n] /kənˈsɛʃ ən/
the act of conceding or yielding, as a right, a privilege, or a point or fact in an argument:
He made no concession to caution.
the thing or point yielded:
Management offered a shorter workweek as a concession.
something conceded by a government or a controlling authority, as a grant of land, a privilege, or a franchise.
a space or privilege within certain premises for a subsidiary business or service:
the refreshment concession at a movie theater.
Canadian. any of the usually sixteen divisions of a township, each division being 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km) in area and containing thirty-two 200-acre lots.
Origin of concession
1605-15; 1910-15 for def 4; < Latin concēssiōn- (stem of concēssiō), equivalent to concēss(us) (past participle of concēdere to concede) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
concessional, adjective
nonconcession, noun
preconcession, noun
proconcession, adjective
subconcession, noun Unabridged
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  • Shenac and Dan were not the first in all the concessions to finish the getting in of the hay, but they were by no means the last.

    Shenac's Work at Home Margaret Murray Robertson
  • He introduced a bill providing for a series of concessions on both sides.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • This was of course another compromise, but the Church's concessions were reduced to a minimum.

    Andrew Melville William Morison
  • concessions for mining the two last-named have been granted to American companies.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • The time has come, in this year 1876, to replace commotions by concessions.

British Dictionary definitions for concessions


the act of yielding or conceding, as to a demand or argument
something conceded
(Brit) a reduction in the usual price of a ticket granted to a special group of customers: a student concession
any grant of rights, land, or property by a government, local authority, corporation, or individual
the right, esp an exclusive right, to market a particular product in a given area
(US & Canadian)
  1. the right to maintain a subsidiary business on a lessor's premises
  2. the premises so granted or the business so maintained
  3. a free rental period for such premises
(Canadian, chiefly in Ontario and Quebec)
  1. a land subdivision in a township survey
  2. another name for concession road
Derived Forms
concessible, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin concēssiō an allowing, from concēdere to concede
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Word Origin and History for concessions



mid-15c., from Old French concession (14c.) or directly from Latin concessionem (nominative concessio) "an allowing, conceding," noun of action from past participle stem of concedere (see concede). Meaning "right or privilege granted by government" is from 1650s. "Refreshment stand" sense is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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