Definition of severance in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with severance

irreverence, reverence

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