[ sev-er-uhns, sev-ruhns ]
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  1. the act of severing or the state of being severed.

  2. a breaking off, as of a friendship.

  1. 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

Other words from severance

  • non·sev·er·ance, noun

Words Nearby severance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use severance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for severance


/ (ˈsɛvərəns) /

  1. the act of severing or state of being severed

  2. a separation

  1. law the division into separate parts of a joint estate, contract, etc

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