sev·​er·​able | \ ˈsev-rə-bəl How to pronounce severable (audio) , ˈse-və- \

Definition of severable

: capable of being severed especially : capable of being divided into legally independent rights or obligations

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severability \ ˌsev-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce severable (audio) , ˌse-​və-​ \ noun

Examples of severable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From time immemorial, college has consisted of discrete, disconnected, severable steps. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Based on their instructions to the district court and on accumulating real-world evidence, the Fifth Circuit would likely have found these protections severable from the now-unconstitutional mandate. Joel M. Zinberg, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2020 But conservative Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh don’t seem to buy that logic, asserting that the rest of the statute is perfectly severable from the individual mandate during oral arguments for the case this week. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2020 Some statutes include explicit clauses instructing courts on whether provisions are severable or not. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2020 The plaintiffs argue that the rest of the ACA is not severable from the individual mandate. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2020 Judge Barrett provided a dictionary definition of the severability doctrine, but offered no view of whether the individual mandate was severable. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2020 Tweets are chatty, fusing word and action like orality; and also declarative, severable, preservable, and analyzable like literacy. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 17 Jan. 2020 Essentially, the state attorneys general are arguing that the individual mandate isn’t severable from the rest of the law. Sarah Kliff, Vox, 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of severable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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sev·​er·​able | \ ˈse-vrə-bəl, ˈse-və-rə- How to pronounce severable (audio) \

Legal Definition of severable

: capable of being severed : divisible a severable contract a severable bequest — compare entire

Other Words from severable

severability \ ˌse-​vrə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē, ˌse-​və-​rə-​ How to pronounce severable (audio) \ noun

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