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dēcessĭo , ōnis, f. decedo,
I.a going away, departure (opp. accessio—good prose).
I. Lit.
B. Esp.
1. The withdrawal, retirement of a magistrate from the province he has governed, Cic. Pis. 36, 89; id. Att. 6, 5 fin.; id. Q. Fr. 1, 1, 1.—
2. Pregn., the decrease, diminution, abatement, or entire disappearance of an object: “neque enim ulla decessio fieri poterat neque accessio,Cic. Univ. 6: “utrum accessionem decumae an decessionem de summa fecerit,id. Rab. Post. 11, 30 sq.; Dig. 29, 4, 28 fin.: “decessio capitis aut accessio,Cic. Div. 2, 15, 36: “accessio et decessio febris,Cels. 3, 3 fin.; so id. 2, 4 et saep.—
3. Decease: “Juliani,Spart. Did. Jul. 7 fin.— *
II. Trop.: verborum, the transition, transferring of words from their primary to a derivative meaning, Gell. 13, 29, 1.
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