Resignation can mean either stepping down from a job or accepting an unpleasant but inevitable situation. You could even feel resignation as you announce your resignation.

Once you've announced or handed in your formal resignation to a job, organization, or political office, you're finished. You've formally quit or stepped down. If you've left the position due to budget cuts, you'll probably leave with a feeling of resignation — acknowledging that there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Definitions of resignation
  1. noun
    the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
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    abdication, stepping down
    a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
    renouncement, renunciation
    an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
    relinquishing, relinquishment
    a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.
    type of:
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign
    “he submitted his resignation as of next month”
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    abdication, stepping down
    the act of abdicating
    type of:
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
  3. noun
    acceptance of despair
    synonyms: surrender
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    acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
    type of:
    the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
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