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

Other Words from severable

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 If any provision of this Agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions., 9 June 2020 The draft is severable, meaning that if one part of the ordinance is found unconstitutional, the rest can remain legal. Erin Glynn, The Enquirer, 2 Oct. 2021 That is, the theory that if the mandate is not severable from the rest of Obamacare, and the mandate is void, the rest of the statute has to go. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 17 June 2021 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 See More

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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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