[ sev-er-uh ns, sev-ruh ns ]
/ ˈsɛv ər əns, ˈsɛv rəns /


the act of severing or the state of being severed.
a breaking off, as of a friendship.
Law. a division into parts, as of liabilities or provisions; removal of a part from the whole.

Origin of severance

1375–1425; late Middle English severaunce < Anglo-French; see sever, -ance

Related forms

non·sev·er·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for severance


/ (ˈsɛvərəns) /


the act of severing or state of being severed
a separation
law the division into separate parts of a joint estate, contract, etc
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