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.

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

nonresignation, noun
proresignation, adjective

1, 2. abdication. 3. patience, compliance, forbearance.

3. recalcitrance. Unabridged
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resignation (ˌrɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən)
1.  the act of resigning
2.  a formal document stating one's intention to resign
3.  a submissive unresisting attitude; passive acquiescence

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "act of resigning" (an office, etc.), from Fr. résignation (14c.), from M.L. resignationem, from L. resignare (see resign). Meaning "submission, acquiescence" is from 1640s.
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Example sentences
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.
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