Definition of termination in English:


Line breaks: ter¦min|ation
Pronunciation: /təːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1 [mass noun] The action of terminating something or the fact of being terminated: the termination of a contract
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    • Premature termination of behavioral medicine therapy is a potential problem because limited treatment may not provide optimal benefits.
    • ‘But no deal has yet been done and as yet we have still not been served notice of termination of contract,’ said Willis.
    • Another change concerns a provision stipulating that failure to meet contractual obligations for two consecutive years will result in termination of the contracts.
  • 1.1 [count noun] An induced abortion: they would not want a termination even if the baby was disabled
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    • Over a quarter had one or more children affected with a genetic condition and a similar proportion had a spontaneous abortion or underwent termination after prenatal diagnosis.
    • That is the critical question, I mean the question is how does this compare to a surgical abortion, or surgical termination of pregnancy.
    • There were 11 miscarriages and 7 medical terminations.
  • 1.2 [count noun] chiefly North American An act of dismissing someone from employment: workers were informed of the terminations on Wednesday
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    • The present findings also reveal that concerns about the quality of treatment become especially important at the time employees learn about job terminations or lay-offs.
    • That includes when I have had to advise employers about terminations of employment.
    • It was a termination of employment case which does not really raise jurisdictional issues as such, I would have thought.
  • 1.3 [count noun] chiefly North American An assassination.
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    • I developed my abilities of termination with extreme prejudice, and without an inkling of remorse.
  • 2A word’s final syllable or letters or letter, especially when constituting an element in inflection or derivation.
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    • Bantu languages were praised for their terminations at the beginning, so that the words are inflected, conjugated, or defined by means of a system of prefixes.
  • 3 [with adjective] archaic An ending or result of a specified kind: a good result and a happy termination
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    • We can not express too highly our admiration of those seaman like qualities which have under Providence brought us thus far in safety on our journey which promises now a happy and speedy termination.
    • The story is told as if it were destined to have, if not a strictly happy termination, at least one within ordinary probabilities.





late Middle English (in the sense 'determination, decision'): from Old French, or from Latin terminatio(n-), from terminare 'to limit, end'.

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