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[tur-muh-ney-shuh n] /ˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of terminating.
the fact of being terminated.
the place or part where anything terminates; bound or limit.
an end or extremity; close or conclusion.
an issue or result.
Grammar. a suffix or ending.
an ending of employment with a specific employer.
Origin of termination
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English terminacion < Latin terminātiōn- (stem of terminātiō) decision. See terminate, -ion
Related forms
terminational, adjective
nontermination, noun
unterminational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for termination
  • The university sued her for fraud, and she countersued for wrongful termination.
  • In many cases, the bottom decile is at risk of termination for performing badly, which often means no severance.
  • Contractual clauses call for termination and expulsion from the project in case of material breach.
  • Eventually, free radical polymerization stops due to what are called termination reactions.
  • Nor does the contract specify what severance would be paid in such a termination.
  • But he kept pursuing his termination claim and discovered widespread fraud.
  • Get a signed letter from human resources stating the date of your termination.
  • Guaranteed, sincere complaints directed to the visa sponsor result in threats of termination.
  • Neither firm will pay a termination fee and reciprocal stock option plans have been canceled.
  • Fire only those employees for whom managers can articulate a legitimate business justification for their termination.
British Dictionary definitions for termination


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