Definition of Severance

1. Noun. A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions). "They hoped to avoid a break in relations"

Exact synonyms: Breach, Break, Falling Out, Rift, Rupture
Specialized synonyms: Schism
Generic synonyms: Breakup, Detachment, Separation
Derivative terms: Break, Sever

2. Noun. The act of severing.
Exact synonyms: Severing
Generic synonyms: Cut, Cutting
Derivative terms: Sever, Sever

Definition of Severance

1. n. The act of severing, or the state of being severed; partition; separation.

Definition of Severance

1. Noun. The act of severing or the state of being severed. ¹

2. Noun. A separation. ¹

3. Noun. A severance payment. ¹

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Definition of Severance

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Severance

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Literary usage of Severance

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"The severance need not necessarily be by the owner, or by a third person. It may be by the thief himself, provided the severance and the carrying away are ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Personal Property by James Schouler (1896)
"Thus, under a bequest to A. for life, and after his decease to the issue or children of B., without words of severance, all the issue or children born in ..."

3. The Law of Real Property and Other Interests in Land by Herbert Thorndike Tiffany (1903)
"severance—Actual and constructive. A chattel which has become part of the land by annexation thereto may be caused to resume its chattel character by its ..."

4. Woodfall's Law of Landlord and Tenant by William Woodfall (1890)
"severance of Reversion. Assignee of reversion of part. ... A severance of reversion is effected by conveyance of a single portion of demised premises, ..."

5. A Treatise on the American Law of Landlord and Tenant by John Neilson Taylor (1887)
"Action lies for severance of Fixtures, when. —Where a tenant under color of the law of fixtures, wrongfully severs from the freehold articles put up by ..."

6. Mines and Mining: A Commentary on the Law of Mines and Mining Rights, Both by Wilson Isaac Snyder (1902)
"Of some of the consequences of severance — Resemblance to servitudes. 996. Preliminary — severance and its incidents. 997. severance, how accomplished. 998. ..."

7. A Manual of Forestry by William Schlich (1895)
"severance cuttings need not be straight; they may, if necessary, be curved, ... The breadth of severance cuttings differs according to species, their height ..."

8. Handbook on American Mining Law by George Purcell Costigan (1908)
"Upon severance of surface- from minerals by conveyance, ... The severance which exists because of reservations under the town- site acts has already been ..."

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