The definition of cession is the giving up of rights, property or territory to another.(noun)
In 1790 when Virginia and Maryland gave up land to create the District of Columbia is an example of cession.
See cession in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr < L cessio < cessus, pp. of cedere, to yield: see cede
See cession in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin cessiō, cessiōn-
Origin: , from cessus
Origin: , past participle of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
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