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separation

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noun sep·a·ra·tion \ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Simple Definition of separation

  • : the act of separating people or things or the state of being separated

  • : a situation in which a husband and wife live apart from each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of separation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of separating :  the state of being separated

  2. 2a :  a point, line, or means of divisionb :  an intervening space :  gap <the separation between wheel spokes>

  3. 3a :  cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement or judicial decreeb :  termination of a contractual relationship (as employment or military service)

Examples of separation in a sentence

  1. After a separation of 30 years, she visited her family in Cuba.

  2. Moving away meant separation from his family.



14th Century

First Known Use of separation

14th century

Rhymes with separation

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ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station



SEPARATION Defined for Kids

separation

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noun sep·a·ra·tion \ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of separation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of setting or pulling apart :  the state of being set or pulled apart

  2. 2 :  a point or line at which something is divided

  3. 3 :  a space between <The buildings have a narrow separation.>




Medical Dictionary

separation

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noun sep·a·ra·tion \ˌsep-ə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of separation

  1. 1:  the process of isolating or extracting from or of becoming isolated from a mixture; also :  the resulting state

  2. 2:  dislocation—see shoulder separation




Law Dictionary

separation

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noun sep·a·ra·tion \ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Legal Definition of separation

  1. 1 :  cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement with intent that it be permanent; also :  legal separation — compare divorce Editor's note: In some cases in which the estrangement is extreme, a separation is considered to have occurred even when the couple retain the same residence if they have stopped communicating and engaging in sexual relations and intend to be separated.

  2. 2 :  termination of a contractual relationship (as employment or military service)





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