Definition of separation
2a : a point, line, or means of divisionb : an intervening space : gap the separation between wheel spokes
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
After a separation of 30 years, she visited her family in Cuba.
Moving away meant separation from his family.
First Known Use of separation
SEPARATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of separation for English Language Learners
: 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
SEPARATION Defined for Kids
Definition of separation for Students
1 : the act of setting or pulling apart : the state of being set or pulled apart
2 : a point or line at which something is divided
3 : a space between The buildings have a narrow separation.
Legal Definition of separation
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 : termination of a contractual relationship (as employment or military service)
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