Definition of secession noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sɪˈseʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈseʃn//
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[uncountable, countable] secession (from something) the fact of an area or group becoming independent from the country or larger group that it belongs to Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting the withdrawal of the lower social classes from ancient Rome in order to compel the nobility to redress their grievances): from French sécession or Latin secessio(n-), from secedere ‘go apart’, from se- ‘apart’ + cedere ‘go’.
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