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severance

[sev-er-uh ns, sev-ruh ns] /ˈsɛv ər əns, ˈsɛv rəns/
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English severaunce < Anglo-French; see sever, -ance
Related forms
nonseverance, noun
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severance

/ˈsɛvərəns/
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 non severance

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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