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[ri-zuhmp-shuh n] /rɪˈzʌmp ʃən/
the act of resuming; a reassumption, as of something previously granted.
the act or fact of taking up or going on with again, as of something interrupted.
the act of taking again or recovering something given up or lost.
Origin of resumption
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin resūmptiōn- (stem of resūmptiō), equivalent to Latin resūmpt(us) (past participle of resūmere to resume1) + -iōn- -ion
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nonresumption, noun Unabridged
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  • How again does it explain reversion to long-lost characters and the resumption of feral characteristics?

  • There was nothing for it but a resumption of intimacy by letter.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • I am unable even to remember at this day what proposal I framed for the end of his holidays and the resumption of his studies.

    The Turn of the Screw Henry James
  • The Princess could then see that all was at an end, as regarded her resumption of power.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • At first the resumption of routine after years of indolence was irksome and exhausting.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for resumption


the act of resuming or beginning again
Derived Forms
resumptive, adjective
resumptively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Late Latin resumptiō, from Latin resūmere to resume
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Word Origin and History for resumption

mid-15c., "repossessing by grant," from Middle French resumption and directly from Late Latin resumptionem (nominative resumptio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin resumere (see resume (v.)).

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