Definition of termination in US English:



  • 1The action of bringing something or coming to an end.

    ‘the termination of a contract’
    • ‘During each census and upon termination of the sampling, we searched the surrounding habitat for marked individuals that were not at their initial capture/release point.’
    • ‘A union statement said business conglomerates were threatening the livelihood of casual workers by mass lay-offs and unilateral termination of contracts.’
    • ‘I will initially sketch a context to help situate the care of dementia patients and the termination of their treatment.’
    • ‘On the termination of proceedings, one would expect some letter to be sent.’
    • ‘Collectively, all were part of the global settlement, even though some preceded the final termination of hostilities, and were actually instrumental in bringing it about.’
    • ‘However, the delivery delay would not result in the contract's termination.’
    • ‘‘The only way the contract can be broken at the moment is by mutual termination, which is the position we are in,’ she said.’
    • ‘That is the only way for them to make their first and final service to the nation before the termination of the present, unconstructive session.’
    • ‘The only duty to the former client which survives the termination of the client relationship is a continuing duty to preserve the confidentiality of information imparted during its subsistence.’
    • ‘It would have a final and binding effect consistent with the intended termination of the relationship between the parties.’
    • ‘‘But no deal has yet been done and as yet we have still not been served notice of termination of contract,’ said Willis.’
    • ‘Renewal or termination of the contract will be done at three months notice by either party.’
    • ‘Most fixed-price contracts require several months' notice of termination and switching usually takes four to six weeks, so it pays to plan ahead.’
    • ‘Premature termination of behavioral medicine therapy is a potential problem because limited treatment may not provide optimal benefits.’
    • ‘At Week 5, Group 3 began treatment and continued until the termination of the study.’
    • ‘Another change concerns a provision stipulating that failure to meet contractual obligations for two consecutive years will result in termination of the contracts.’
    • ‘Bankruptcy protection will also allow the termination of unprofitable leases on now-closed stores as well as the ‘nonperforming’ stores they intend to close.’
    • ‘The station said it would continue to work with lawyers to reach a final settlement with Cheng on the early termination of his services contract.’
    • ‘Baker explained that when he used the code word ‘red’ to call for the termination of the exercise, his fellow soldiers did not respond.’
    • ‘The termination of life-sustaining treatment and the potential conflict of interest between patient care and organ recovery is another point of contention.’
    ending, end, closing, close, conclusion, finish, stop, stopping, stoppage, winding up, discontinuance, discontinuation, breaking off, cessation, cutting short
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    1. 1.1 An induced abortion.
      • ‘Still others say that the child acquires the qualification to be labeled as a human being only after the birth, and as such abortion and medical termination of pregnancy should not constitute moral or ethical breach.’
      • ‘The service is offered to all parents who have experienced a loss in pregnancy or infancy (including miscarriage or termination of pregnancy for antenatally diagnosed abnormality).’
      • ‘I agree with his stance that termination should not be a contraceptive method, but does he not recognize that this woman quite likely has had to go through much mental anguish to take this decision?’
      • ‘What of the obstetricians and gynaecologists who perform the terminations?’
      • ‘Cystic fibrosis is a serious, lifelong condition, and many couples who are at risk opt for prenatal testing and termination of affected pregnancies.’
      • ‘Others may opt for prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy termination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the benefits of an early diagnosis is a surgical termination, but in this model only about one third of women had their diagnosis in time.’
      • ‘If abortions are a matter of fact, then it makes sense that termination should be made as safe as possible.’
      • ‘There were 11 miscarriages and 7 medical terminations.’
      • ‘For some conditions that cause physical and mental problems there is no cure, and if the baby is affected some women may wish to have a termination of their pregnancy.’
      • ‘The number of pregnancies resulting in termination after prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomaly has increased over a 10 year period’
      • ‘An Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by loss or destruction of the foetus before it is capable of independent life.’
      • ‘I won't go into too many details, but to summarize, a teenager came into the hospital for a surgical termination.’
      • ‘Selective termination of pregnancy in severe twin-twin transfusion syndrome is one option that is done in only a handful of centres in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘The first generation reproductive technologies addressed the felt need for safe and effective methods of contraception and medical termination of pregnancies.’
      • ‘Just two years ago 17 women in Portugal, where abortion is still illegal, were prosecuted for having terminations in a backstreet clinic.’
      • ‘As more women opt for medical terminations, using the abortion pill, rather than surgical abortions, nurses in gynaecology wards are more involved in the treatment.’
      • ‘That is the critical question, I mean the question is how does this compare to a surgical abortion, or surgical termination of pregnancy.’
      • ‘Simply defined, abortion is the termination of a pregnancy through external means.’
    2. 1.2North American An act of dismissing someone from employment.
      • ‘The company said yesterday the cuts would consist of ‘employee terminations, termination of contractors and attrition’.’
      • ‘Cliona seemed to treat my recent resignation as an involuntary termination or lay off.’
      • ‘It was a termination of employment case which does not really raise jurisdictional issues as such, I would have thought.’
      • ‘Overworked respondents said there were also feelings of anger directed towards employers and resulting job terminations.’
      • ‘That includes when I have had to advise employers about terminations of employment.’
      • ‘There can be a termination by the employer, and thus direct dismissal, when he repudiates the contract of employment.’
      • ‘In recognition of this fact, the law does not regard a strike as either a breach of contract or a termination of employment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I refer the Minister to those pages that are in fact about unfair dismissal and termination, and in fact in no way answer the Minister's question.’
    3. 1.3North American An assassination, especially of an intelligence agent.
      • ‘I developed my abilities of termination with extreme prejudice, and without an inkling of remorse.’
      murder, killing, political execution, slaughter, butchery, homicide, liquidation, elimination, extermination, doing to death, putting to death, martyrdom
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  • 2The final letter or letters or syllable of a word, especially when constituting an element in inflection or derivation.

    • ‘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.’
  • 3archaic with adjective An ending or result of a specified kind.

    ‘a good result and a happy termination’
    • ‘The story is told as if it were destined to have, if not a strictly happy termination, at least one within ordinary probabilities.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘determination, decision’): from Old French, or from Latin terminatio(n-), from terminare ‘to limit, end’.