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CessCess (?), n. [For sess, conts. from Assess.]
1. A rate or tax. [Obs. or Prof. Eng. & Scot.] Spenser.

2. Bound; measure. [Obs.]

The poor jade is wrung in the withers out of all cess. Shak.

CessCess, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cessed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Cessing.] To rate; to tax; to assess. Spenser.

CessCess, v. i. [F. cesser. See Cease.] To cease; to neglect. [Obs.] Spenser.

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Cess is a British English and Hiberno-English term for a tax. It is a term formerly more particularly applied to local taxation, and was the official term used in Ireland when it was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; otherwise, it has been superseded by "rate".

In colonial India it was applied, with a qualifying prefix, to any taxation, such as irrigation-cess, educational-cess, and the like.[1] They are collectively referred to as "cesses" in government censuses, e.g. "land revenue and cesses".[2]

In Scotland, it refers to the property tax which was enacted in Scotland in 1665 and continued to be levied through the 18th century.

The term is a shortened form of "assess"; the spelling is due to a mistaken connection with census.[citation needed]

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 


   
               

 

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