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severance

[ sev-er-uhns, sev-ruhns ]
/ ˈsɛv ər əns, ˈsɛv rəns /
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noun
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.
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Origin of severance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM severance

non·sev·er·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for severance

severance
/ (ˈsɛvərəns) /

noun
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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