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Acce'ssion. n.s. [accessio, Lat. accession, Fr.]

  1. Encrease by something added, enlargement, augmentation.

    There would not have been found the difference here set down betwixt the force of the air, when expanded, and what that force should have been according to the theory, but that the included inch of air received some little accession during the trial. Boyle's Spring of the Air.

    The wisest among the nobles began to apprehend the growing power of the people; and therefore, knowing what an accession thereof would accrue to them, by such an addition of property, used all means to prevent it. Swift on the Contests in Athens and Rome.

    Charity, indeed, and works of munificence are the proper discharge of such over-proportioned accessions, and the only virtuous enjoyment of them. Roger's Sermons, ii. p. 37.

  2. The act of coming to, or joining one's self to; as, accession to a confederacy.

    Beside, what wise objections he prepares
    Against my late accession to the wars?
    Does not the fool perceive his argument
    Is with more force against Achilles bent?
    Dryden's Fables.

  3. The act of arriving at; as, the king's accession to the throne.

Sources: Boyle, Robert (84) · Dryden, John (788) · Rogers, John (38) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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