Definition of severance in English:


Line breaks: sev¦er|ance
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛv(ə)r(ə)ns


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of ending a connection or relationship: the severance and disestablishment of the Irish Church [count noun]: a complete severance of links with the Republic
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    • There was nothing to show that the severance of that relationship would have on-going traumatic effects for the child.
    • The political map of Roscommon is once again about to be redrawn with the severance of Longford and the addition of South Leitrim.
    • Finally, severance of the objectionable part seems inappropriate.
  • 1.1The state of being separated or cut off.
  • 1.2Dismissal or discharge from employment: [as modifier]: employees were offered severance terms
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    • Voluntary severance terms provide for four weeks pay per year of service up to a maximum of two years of service.
    • It is understood that the staff have been offered attractive severance terms.
    • Employees in positions that were now redundant would be offered voluntary severance and there would be no forced redundancies.
  • 1.3 short for severance pay.
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    • For many, the most valuable items will be the cash severance and outplacement services.
    • ‘Our severance and unemployment were contingent on training the replacements,’ she says.
    • He suggests asking for additional salary, increased severance, or payment during the period of the restrictive covenant.
  • 2Division by cutting or slicing.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin separare (see sever).

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