Definition of termination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtərməˈnāSH(ə)n/


1The action of bringing something or coming to an end: 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.
1.1chiefly North American An act of dismissing someone from employment.
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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.
1.2An induced abortion.
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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.
1.3chiefly North American An assassination, especially of an intelligence agent.
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  • I developed my abilities of termination with extreme prejudice, and without an inkling of remorse.
2An ending or final point of something, in particular.
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  • In either case, one's eyes followed the vertical elements upward to their termination at the ceiling.
  • The bell indicated the termination of the previous speech.
2.1The final letter or letters or syllable of a word, 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.
2.2 [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.



Pronunciation: /ˌtərməˈnāSH(ə)n(ə)l/


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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Syllabification: ter·mi·na·tion

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