Definition of resumption in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzʊm(p)ʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of beginning something again after a pause or interruption: with peace came the resumption of foreign imports [in singular]: no decision was made for a resumption of diplomatic relations
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  • The resumption of amicable commercial relations was also matched by cultural and artistic transactions.
  • After the peace of Amiens and the subsequent resumption of war against Napoleon the Whigs formed a coalition with the group led by Lord Grenville, but their conservatism meant that Grey had to give up active support of reform.
  • The return to peace saw a swift resumption of car production, which was then hit by the immediate post-war slump.
2 Law , chiefly Australian The action, on the part of the Crown or other authority, of reassuming possession of lands, rights, etc., previously granted to another: the resumption of royal lands [count noun]: property resumptions would be required to develop the bus routes
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  • This is dealing with two resumptions of land under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act in Western Australia and the Public Works Act and our submissions are at paragraphs 263 and following.
  • Charles XI and his absolutist advisers knew the commoner Estates would recommend a full resumption of crown lands as the basis for budgetary reform.
  • Did the Melbourne City Link Act authorise resumptions, or was that done under some other legislation?


Late Middle English (in the sense 'the action of reassuming possession of lands etc.'): from Old French resumption or late Latin resumptio(n-), from Latin resumpt-, past participle of resumere (see resume).

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