from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To go back; recede.
- transitive v. To cede or give back (a territory, for example); return.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To grant back.
- v. To go back.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To go back.
- transitive v. To cede or grant back.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go back; recede; retire; give place. Blount, Glossographia.
- To cede or grant back; restore to the former possession or control: as, to retrocede territory.
I support a plan that would take the residential areas and retrocede them back into potentially the state of Maryland.
However, the right thing to do would be to retrocede the non-enclave territory to Maryland.
Later, Congress agreed to retrocede the portion of the District south of the Potomac to Virginia, but the man-made southeast, northeast and northwest borders with Maryland remained.
Make them a state, retrocede them to Maryland, or amend the Constitution for some other solution.
Maryland can't retrocede their portion of the district - they already ceded it and it's now in the posession of the feds, so the right of retrocession belongs to the federal government.
Maryland can retrocede their portion and gain an additional House member.
If Congress decides to retrocede some or all of the district to the donor state, it's not clear to me that the donor state can decline, and it's abundantly clear that Congress can coerce them to.
Indeed, I would be happy to retrocede DC back into Maryland, just like Arlington long ago returned to Virginia.
In return for French neutrality, Austria promised to cede Venetia to Napoleon (who was to retrocede it to Italy), whether Austria won or lost the war.
Bern was obliged, under pressure from the Spanish power in Italy, to retrocede Gex and Chablais to Savoy.