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cancelation (plural cancelations)

  1. Alternative spelling of cancellation

Usage notes[edit]

Despite the widely used form of "canceled" vs. "cancelled" in American English, the word "cancellation" is still much more widely used than the variant "cancelation".

The reason for the confusion: When you turn the verb “cancel” into past tense, the word stays the same number of syllables (two), so it’s a matter of location whether you use two L’s or one. The -ation that turns the word into a noun, on the other hand, puts a whole new syllable (in fact, two) after the L. The double-L is a like a bridge to those new syllables.

American English Dictionaries[edit]

Meriam-Webster Dictionary: "Cancelation" is available in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a variant for "cancellation". The preferred spelling, however, is "cancellation".

Cambridge Dictionary - American English: Only the word "cancellation" appears in the dictionary.

Oxford Advanced American Dictionary at Oxford Learner's Dictionaries: Only the word "cancellation" appears in the dictionary (No exact match found for “cancelation” in American English).