[ tur-muh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. terminal velocity,
  2. terminally,
  3. terminate,
  4. terminating decimal,
  5. terminatio,
  6. termination codon,
  7. terminator,
  8. terminator seed,
  9. terminatory,
  10. terminer

Origin of termination

1400–50; late Middle English terminacion < Latin terminātiōn- (stem of terminātiō) decision. See terminate, -ion

Related formster·mi·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·ter·mi·na·tion, nounun·ter·mi·na·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for termination


/ (ˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃən) /


the act of terminating or the state of being terminated
something that terminates
a final result
Derived Formsterminational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for termination



late 14c., "authoritative resolution of a matter," from Old French terminacion and directly from Latin terminationem (nominative terminatio) "a fixing of boundaries, bounding, determining," from past participle stem of terminare "to limit, end" (see terminus). Meaning "end of a person's employment" is recorded from 1961; meaning "artificial end of a pregnancy" is attested from 1969; sense of "assasination" is recorded from 1975.

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