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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun accession:


Definition of the noun accession

What does accession mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accessions

  1. a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group)
    • example: the art collection grew through accession
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic words: growth / increase / increment = a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
  2. (civil law) the right to all of that which your property produces whether by growth or improvement
  3. something added to what you already have
    • example: the librarian shelved the new accessions
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of accession: addition
    • more generic word: acquisition = something acquired
  4. agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
    • example: accession to such demands would set a dangerous precedent
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of accession: assenting
    • more generic word: agreement = the verbal act of agreeing
  5. the right to enter
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of accession: access / admission / admittance / entree
    • more generic word: right = an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
    • more specific word: door = anything providing a means of access
  6. the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
    • example: Elizabeth's accession in 1558
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of accession: rise to power
    • more generic word: attainment = the act of achieving an aim

Alternative definition of the noun accession


  1. A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined; as, a king's 'accession' to a confederacy.
  2. Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation from without; as, an 'accession' of wealth or territory.
  3. [legal] A mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the part or thing added, or the improvement (provided the thing is not changed into a different species). Thus, the owner of a cow becomes the owner of her calf.
  4. [legal] The act by which one power becomes party to engagements already in force between other powers - Kent
  5. The act of coming to or reaching a throne, an office, or dignity; as, the 'accession' of the house of Stuart; -- applied especially to the epoch of a new dynasty.
  6. [medicine] The invasion, approach, or commencement of a disease; a fit or paroxysm.

Definition of the verb accession

What does accession mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: accessioned | accessioning | accessions

  1. make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library


"Accession" is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Michael J. Rix.


"Accession" is a book by John Hartley.

  • also known as "Accession: the making of a queen"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accession

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Google previewThe treaty-making power in the Commonwealth of Australia (2012)

by Günther Doeker

Normally and historically, accession is a secondary process: the act whereby a State accepts the offer of becoming a party to a treaty already signed by some other States. In recent years it has also become a primary process: the act whereby a ...

Google previewChina's Accession to the World Trade Organization (2013)

National and International Perspectives by Robert Ash, Heike Holbig

There may be differences in interpretations and preferences among Chinese leaders relating to specific issues, but there is little reason to believe that WTO accession is a separate issue that is used by a faction to reinforce reforms in the face ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1896)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

Artificial or industrial accession is that produced by the labor and industry of man; as where, out of materials not all the property...

Mixed accession is the result of a combination of natural and artificial forces, as where one sows or plants in the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Companion to American Law (2002)

by Kermit L. Hall

An accession is the physical attachment of an object as a component of another, more complicated...

Google previewTurkey and the European Union (2004)

Domestic Politics, Economic Integration and International Dynamics by Ali Carkoglu, Barry Rubin

Officially, the major obstacle to Turkey's accession is the need to meet the Copenhagen criteria adopted in 1993 ...

Google previewThe European Union (2012)

How Does it Work? by Elizabeth Bomberg, John Peterson, Richard Corbett

Accession is the process whereby a country joins the EU and becomes a member state. Candidate refers to a country whose application for membership is confirmed by the EU but which is not yet a member. Conditionality refers to the fact that ...

Google previewThe Politics of China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (2006)

The Dragon Goes Global by Hui Feng

China's WTO accession is a comprehensive package that will no doubt affect a wide range of societal interests. But, as this study suggests, the policy making was largely confined within the government, especially the top party leadership and ...

Google previewAnglo-Saxon England (2001)

by Frank M. Stenton

The extent to which the system had been carried out at the time of Duke William's accession is a harder question. There is no reason to doubt that the older baronage of the duchy held itself bound to help its lord, the duke, to do the military ...

Google previewFree Trade Area Membership as a Stepping Stone to Development (2001)

The Case of ASEAN by Emiko Fukase, Will Martin

Conclusions AFTA accession is an important initial step for Vietnam's further liberalization. Under it, Vietnam must commit to a tariff reduction schedule at the tariff line level and start to identify and eliminate quantitative restrictions.

Google previewMonetary Policy in Central Europe (2007)

by Miroslav Beblavý

Since eventual EMU accession is a fait accompli in the new member states, the epilogue does not concern itself with optimum currency theories or other ways of determining whether monetary integration is a suitable recipe for the four ...

Google previewAn Island in Europe (2011)

The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus by James Ker-Lindsay, Fiona Mullen, Hubert Faustmann

Cyprus after EU accession is a profoundly different place ...

Google previewA Political and Economic Dictionary of Western Europe (2013)

by Claire Annesley

Accession, in the context of European politics, means joining the European Union (EU). Since 1993 the accession process has had four elements. Negotiations, coordinated by the European Commission, are conducted between the applicant ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

and study, ere thou fill accession during the trial. Boyle's Spring of Air, — Oa accidental joys, th' essential. &c. are saltier wise, behind the * ACCOMMODATELY.

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Canada has always been a strong supporter of China's accession to the WTO... We look forward to playing a constructive role in helping complete China's accession. (Pierre Pettigrew)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1S1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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