Cancelled or Canceled | Difference & Examples
Cancelled and canceled are two different spellings of the past tense of the verb “cancel,” which means “annul,” “revoke,” or “match in force or outcome.” The spelling tends to vary based on whether you use US or UK English:
- In UK English, “cancelled” (double “l”) is standard.
- In US English, “canceled” (one “l”) is more common.
Cancelling or canceling
The same distinction applies to the “-ing” forms of the verb.
- In UK English, “cancelling” (double “l”) is always used.
- In US English, both “canceling” and “cancelling” can be used depending on your preference, but “canceling” is the more common spelling.
Cancelation or cancellation
Cancellation (double “l”) is a noun used to refer to an act or instance of canceling something. This is the standard spelling in both UK and US English. While “cancelation” (one “l”) occurs occasionally in US English, it’s rare and best avoided.
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