separation

noun sep·a·ra·tion \ ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of separation

1 : the act or process of separating : the state of being separated
2 a : a point, line, or means of division
b : an intervening space : gap
  • the separation between wheel spokes
3 a : cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement or judicial decree
b : termination of a contractual relationship (such 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.

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First Known Use of separation

14th century



SEPARATION Defined for English Language Learners

separation

noun

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

separation

noun sep·a·ra·tion \ ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən \

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.

Medical Dictionary

separation

noun sep·a·ra·tion \ ˌsep-ə-ˈrā-shən \

medical Definition of separation

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

Law Dictionary

separation

noun sep·a·ra·tion \ ˌse-pə-ˈrā-shən \

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
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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