AskDefine | Define severance

Dictionary Definition



1 a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn: rupture, breach, break, rift, falling out]
2 the act of severing [syn: severing]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈsɛv.ɹəns/|/ˈsɛv.ɜː(ɹ)n̩s/, /"sEv.r@ns/|2=/"sEv.3:(r)n=s/


  1. The act of severing or the state of being severed.
  2. A separation.
  3. A severance payment.


act of severing
  • Dutch: scheiding
  • Finnish: ero
  • Japanese: 分離 (bunri)
severance payment
  • Dutch: ontslagvergoeding
  • Finnish: eroraha

Extensive Definition

Severance may refer to:
severance in Dutch: Severance
severance in Polish: Severance
severance in Volapük: Severance

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