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
Ward declined to discuss the suit or his separation from the county office.
Their undeniable chemistry was one of the more enjoyable parts of the first season of Twin Peaks, and their subsequent separation in Season 2 contributed to the show’s decline.
Had their camp remained divided between the reconciliation and separation parties, victory would have been unlikely.
Gabler argued that only the Supreme Court can discipline judges, and the board's actions violated the separation of powers and his rights to due process.
Braddix’s resignation, effective July 31, was accepted and approved in the March 20 meeting of the education board as part of a release and separation agreement.
Judges with the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases that at their essence ask the court again to delve into the issues of separation of church and state and the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
And on June 6, 2017, a team of 30, including physicians, nurses and other medical staff from neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and anesthesiology, all participated in the marathon separation.
The United States is the few countries in the whole world that has not made that separation.
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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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