Ab*scis"sion (#), n. [L. abscissio. See Abscind.]

1.

The act or process of cutting off.

"Not to be cured without the abscission of a member."

Jer. Taylor.

2.

The state of being cut off.

Sir T. Browne.

3. Rhet.

A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, "He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more."

 

© Webster 1913.

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