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[rez-ig-ney-shuh n] /ˌrɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of resigning.
a formal statement, document, etc., stating that one gives up an office, position, etc.
an accepting, unresisting attitude, state, etc.; submission; acquiescence:
to meet one's fate with resignation.
Origin of resignation
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin resignātiōn- (stem of resignātiō) a canceling, rescinding, equivalent to Latin resignāt(us) (past participle of resignāre to resign; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonresignation, noun
proresignation, adjective
1, 2. abdication. 3. patience, compliance, forbearance.
3. recalcitrance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resignation
  • His resignation followed weeks of protests and was apparently motivated by internal politics unrelated to his environmental views.
  • His resignation was not a question of publishing a dissenting paper.
  • Welch's narratives tend to be accounts of resignation, misfortune, or torment.
  • The listener's temperament will dictate whether the song is a guarantee of loyalty or a statement of resignation.
  • Summers decided to announce his resignation before the meeting.
  • In your novel, anguish and resignation are almost in balance.
  • The problem is their complacency or resignation about existing only in and for a subculture.
  • Since his resignation, he seems to have cast aside those memories to grow increasingly resentful of his successor.
  • Vague talk is going round of a resignation threat but this may be a negotiating tactic.
  • The resignation matters symbolically, but that's about it.
British Dictionary definitions for resignation


the act of resigning
a formal document stating one's intention to resign
a submissive unresisting attitude; passive acquiescence
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Word Origin and History for resignation

late 14c., "act of resigning" (an office, etc.), from Old French resignation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin resignationem (nominative resignatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin resignare (see resign). Meaning "submission, acquiescence" is from 1640s.

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