Definition of severance in English:

severance

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of ending a connection or relationship.

    ‘the severance and disestablishment of the Irish Church’
    count noun ‘a complete severance of links with the Republic’
    • ‘What he needed was complete and total separation, severance of all ties.’
    • ‘It finds a fine balance between concentration on characters and integration of spatial detail to chart the painful severance of the friendship between the Prince and Falstaff.’
    • ‘Personally, it causes hardship, not only because of the absence of income from work, but also because of the severance of social networks associated with the workplace.’
    • ‘One analyst said the decision will not lead to an immediate severance of diplomatic ties between them.’
    • ‘The anguish of families witnessing the severance of the last land link between the countries speaks volumes about their common history, heritage, and culture.’
    • ‘Edwards would never allow a severance of the two.’
    • ‘In Common Sense, he argued for American severance from the British empire, and for isolationism in American policy towards Europe.’
    • ‘Going to an extreme, some nationalist academics and intellectuals have called for the severance of diplomatic relations.’
    • ‘The political map of Roscommon is once again about to be redrawn with the severance of Longford and the addition of South Leitrim.’
    • ‘He said on Wednesday that he was prepared to step down at any time to take responsibility for the severance of diplomatic ties.’
    • ‘More ominously, the severance of the Anglo-Norman reign had left John free to turn his attention to Wales and Ireland.’
    • ‘Taylor believes that the severance of understanding and attunement resulted in superior understanding at least of physical nature.’
    • ‘We cannot continue to entertain a worldview based on the severance of the relationship between humanity and the Divine, and hence between humanity and nature as a spiritual reality.’
    • ‘It was the highest military contact between the two sides since the severance of formal diplomatic ties.’
    • ‘However, any hope of preserving neutrality was soon abandoned and the severance of diplomatic relations with the Axis was announced at the Rio conference in February 1942.’
    • ‘There was nothing to show that the severance of that relationship would have on-going traumatic effects for the child.’
    • ‘Importantly, these patterns of transnational migration have not in fact resulted in the severance of the relationship between culture and territorial belonging.’
    • ‘Yet both enact the same predicament - a fundamental severance of the past from the present.’
    • ‘Finally, severance of the objectionable part seems inappropriate.’
    • ‘The severance of lines of communication at a grass-roots level has made the community more easily influenced by divisive statements by members of the elite.’
    • ‘There will be an order for severance of counts 8 and 11 from the indictment upon the undertakings of the accused as follows.’
    1. 1.1 The state of being separated or cut off.
      separation, disconnection, detachment, divorce, uncoupling, split, setting apart
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    2. 1.2 Dismissal or discharge from employment.
      as modifier ‘employees were offered severance terms’
      • ‘Richard took voluntary severance four years ago from his job as an engineer and since then has run his own one-man business from home.’
      • ‘Sixty permanent staff will be offered a voluntary severance package or redeployment to another ESB area of operation.’
      • ‘The board may offer a voluntary severance package to staff shortly.’
      • ‘It is offering a voluntary severance package to its 900 staff - compulsory redundancy will follow if necessary.’
      • ‘Terms of Fleming's severance package are still being discussed with her.’
      • ‘A spokesperson for the company confirmed employees had been invited to apply for voluntary severance packages.’
      • ‘All of our colleagues are being provided with substantial severance payments and separation packages.’
      • ‘Although there was a shortage of teachers, voluntary severance packages were granted to 1981 teachers, several of whom were teaching essential subjects.’
      • ‘This isn't the first time the ESB has substantially reduced its workforce through a major voluntary severance package scheme.’
      • ‘Jobs at the council have already been slashed through voluntary severance packages.’
      • ‘And another complicating factor could be former City striker Ashley Ward who is still owed a substantial sum by the club following the severance of his contract.’
      • ‘Letters are to be sent out to certain administrative and general operative staff in the coming days offering them a voluntary severance package.’
      • ‘It is understood that the staff have been offered attractive severance terms.’
      • ‘The printer company dropped 1,600 workers by April 30 with many of its staffers taking voluntary severance packages.’
      • ‘We are arranging his severance as we speak which will take place as soon as we can get any agreement.’
      • ‘Employees in positions that were now redundant would be offered voluntary severance and there would be no forced redundancies.’
      • ‘What we need to do now is move on to discussing severance terms and the timing of the closure.’
      • ‘The severance deal offered by the Millenium was less than that struck when the Sydney Hilton closed late last year.’
      • ‘Voluntary severance terms provide for four weeks pay per year of service up to a maximum of two years of service.’
      • ‘Discussion about possible severance packages originated some 18 months after the separation.’
    3. 1.3
      short for severance pay
      • ‘He suggests asking for additional salary, increased severance, or payment during the period of the restrictive covenant.’
      • ‘A $12 million pool is to be set up to administer severance and unemployment benefits to those who are terminated.’
      • ‘Rather, the numbers reflect the trend toward shorter employee tenure, since years of service is among the most common factors used to compute severance.’
      • ‘‘Our severance and unemployment were contingent on training the replacements,’ she says.’
      • ‘All told, Patterson estimates he paid about $100,000 in severance.’
      • ‘Some have used it as severance for laid-off workers.’
      • ‘Relying on savings and severance, McDonald, 36, decided at the beginning of 2003 to devote his energy to new career goals.’
      • ‘However, Patrick says he ‘resigned voluntarily’ and hasn't asked for any severance.’
      • ‘I got your memo, your letter of thanks and your rather generous severance of seven weeks.’
      • ‘And a year's salary as severance is not out of the question.’
      • ‘I asked for severance and was told by the vice president of human relations that since I had resigned, I was not entitled to any severance.’
      • ‘When a company is acquired, and new executives take over, generous severance is considered appropriate.’
      • ‘Maximum cash severance is 39 weeks of salary, and the minimum is 12 weeks, according to the company.’
      • ‘If they could be redeployed, they would quit and not worry about severance.’
      • ‘For many, the most valuable items will be the cash severance and outplacement services.’
      • ‘If you feel you must, get a side agreement entitling you to unemployment benefits and severance.’
      • ‘Streamline, founded in 1993, plans to sell its assets to pay off creditors and provide severance to staff.’
      • ‘And I told my creditors that we needed to give these people 10 days of severance, even though that would deplete the rest of our cash.’
      • ‘My severance and (apparently rather massive) unused vacation payout should be ready on Monday or Tuesday.’
      • ‘The two men who oversaw the company, Lord George Simpson and John Mayo, left it last year with $6 million in combined severance.’
  • 2Division by cutting or slicing.

    division, rift, breach, schism, rupture, partition, separation, break-up, alienation, estrangement
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin separare (see sever).

Pronunciation

severance

/ˈsɛv(ə)r(ə)ns/