Definition of severance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsevərəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevərəns//
    [singular, uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the act of ending a connection or relationship the severance of diplomatic relations
  2. 2the act of ending somebody’s work contract employees given notice of severance severance pay/terms
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin separare ‘separate, divide’.
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