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 (such 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.
Recent Examples of separation from the Web
Cooper’s lawyer contended that the legislature was writing the laws and picking the people to enforce them, a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers.
In late March, the Constitutional Chamber of Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal issued a breathtaking pair of rulings that threatened the foundations of the separation of powers.
Between the two groups, the LGBT community and the institutional church, a chasm has formed, a separation for which a bridge needs to be built.
The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was jailed for raping him has filed for legal separation from her.
As part of the separation package agreed upon last week, Marques will receive a total of $875,000 in biweekly installments over a 12-month period.
The Legislature has the constitutional authority to create and modify the duties of state agencies and the potential of deadlock doesn’t necessarily violate the constitutional principle of separation of powers between the governor and Legislature.
The documents reveal a special bond between Hamza bin Laden and his father that persisted despite long periods of separation.
Hollywood commissioners are expected to approve the separation agreement during a special meeting June 6 at 3 p.m.
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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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