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 severability (audio) , ˌse-​və-​ \ noun

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Essentially, the state attorneys general are arguing that the individual mandate isn’t severable from the rest of the law. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional — but the law stands for now," 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 severability (audio) \ noun

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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