Webster 1913 Edition
cedereto give way: cf. F.
A yielding to physical force.
A yielding, or surrender, as of property or rights, to another person; the act of ceding.
cessionof the island of New Orleans.
The giving up or vacating a benefice by accepting another without a proper dispensation.
The voluntary surrender of a person’s effects to his creditors to avoid imprisonment.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The act of giving way; a yielding to force or impulse.
2.A yielding, or surrender, as of property or rights, to another person; particularly, a surrender of conquered territory to its former proprietor or sovereign, by treaty.
3.In the civil law, a voluntary surrender of a persons effects to his creditors, to avoid imprisonment.
4.In ecclesiastical law, the leaving of a benefice without dispensation or being otherwise qualified. When an ecclesiastical person is created a bishop, or when the parson of a parish takes another benefice, without dispensation, the benefices are void by cession, without resignation.