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secession Syllabification: se·ces·sion
Pronunciation: /səˈseSHən/

Definition of secession in English:


1The action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state: the republics want secession from the union
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  • Every Indian leader has feared that if Kashmir breaks away then it could set off other movements for secession from the Indian state.
  • They are likely to fear that federalism might lead to secession.
  • Thus some nationalism has involved movements that aim to break up existing states, through secession or fragmentation of various forms.
1.1 (the Secession) historical The withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860, leading to the Civil War.
1.2 (the Secession) variant of Sezession.


Mid 16th century (denoting the withdrawal of plebeians from ancient Rome in order to compel the patricians to redress their grievances): from French sécession or Latin secessio(n-), from secedere 'go apart' (see secede).



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  • As the historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown has pointed out, slavery provoked the secessional crisis, but ‘southern honor pulled the trigger.’


Pronunciation: /səˈseSHəˌnizəm/
Example sentences
  • In 1971, Pakistan lost 55 per cent of its population to East Bengali secessionism, which produced the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
  • Nullification, the prelude principle to secessionism, was put forth by Jefferson, the grandfather to neoliberals.
  • A settlement must be based on both the realities secession is ruled out, but secessionism exists.


Pronunciation: /səˈseSH(ə)nəst/
Example sentences
  • The Naga peoples' claim is that they were never part of India and are therefore neither separatists nor secessionists.
  • The Western Province, with 60,000 people, borders Bougainville, where secessionists have long demanded separation from Papua New Guinea.
  • These two men say they were victims of military torture, suspected of being aligned with armed secessionists fighting the Angolan government.

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