- Secede is to separate or formally withdraw from a group or community.
When the South wanted to leave the Union prior to the Civil War, this is an example of a situation where the South tried to secede.
intransitive verbseceded, seceding
Origin of secedeClassical Latin secedere ; from se-, sed-, apart (; from Indo-European base an unverified form se-, an unverified form swe-, apart, lone from source Old English swæs, special, dear) + cedere, to go: see cede
intransitive verbse·ced·ed, se·ced·ing, se·cedes
Origin of secedeLatin sēcēdere, to withdraw : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present secedes, present participle seceding, simple past and past participle seceded)
- For political entities, the term secede does not apply only to federal states, but also to other kinds of political unions. It is commonly used in the case of provinces seceding from a unitary state.
- 'Secede' implies conflict, which may amount to physical conflict in the case of seceding from a political or religious entity, but which otherwise amounts to some form of disagreement at least by those who secede.
- 'Withdrawal from membership' in the definition does not apply to an individual person who simply terminates membership in an organisation, but to a group which withdraws from membership to carry on related activities in a separate entity.
From Latin secedere, from se- ("apart") + cedere (“to go").