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severance

[sev-er-uh ns, sev-ruh ns]
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noun
  1. the act of severing or the state of being severed.
  2. a breaking off, as of a friendship.
  3. Law. a division into parts, as of liabilities or provisions; removal of a part from the whole.
  4. severance pay.
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Origin of severance

1375–1425; late Middle English severaunce < Anglo-French; see sever, -ance
Related formsnon·sev·er·ance, noun
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Related Words for severance

selection, disunion, dissolution, disjuncture, apportionment, divorce, breaking, reduction, split, detachment, separation, disjunction, rupture, parting, subdivision, divorcement, demarcation, partition, autopsy, analysis

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British Dictionary definitions for severance

severance

noun
  1. the act of severing or state of being severed
  2. a separation
  3. law the division into separate parts of a joint estate, contract, etc
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Word Origin and History for severance

n.

early 15c., from Anglo-French, from Old French sevrance "separation, parting," from sevrer (see sever). Meaning "discharge from employment contract" is attested from 1941. Severance pay attested by 1942.

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