- The definition of cession is the giving up of rights, property or territory to another.
In 1790 when Virginia and Maryland gave up land to create the District of Columbia is an example of cession.
cession definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin cessio ; from cessus, past participle of cedere, to yield: see cede
cession definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A ceding or surrendering, as of territory to another country by treaty.
- Something, such as territory, that is ceded.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cessiō, cessiōn-, from cessus, past participle of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
cession - Legal Definition