- 1Divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly: the head was severed from the body (as adjective severed) severed limbsMore example sentences
- The head is then severed from the animal whereafter it is handed to the father of the owner.
- He would float about the world without rest, for his head had been severed from his body.
- I'm not sure how it happened and what caused the branch to be severed from the tree there.
- 1.1Put an end to (a connection or relationship); break off: he severed his relations with LawrenceMore example sentences
- Now, that, one would think, is sufficient to sever the relationship.
- After an impassioned and joyous love affair, she severed their relationship in the late 1880s.
- I would effectively be severing my connection with them too.
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- Mr Browne submits that the first two of these meanings are severable and distinct.
- She submitted that a decision may have many separate and severable elements within it.
- In my view, the liability and damages are distinct issues that are severable from one another.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare 'disjoin, divide'.