sev·​er·​ance | \ ˈsev-rən(t)s How to pronounce severance (audio) , ˈse-və- \

Definition of severance

: the act or process of severing : the state of being severed

Examples of severance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of those talks focus on severance packages for those who leave their jobs and leaves of absences that could allow some teachers to return once the public health crisis passes. Gillian Flaccus And Bobby Caina Calvan, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 After the takeover in 2015, AT&T offered rich severance packages to much of DirecTV’s senior leadership, who then stampeded out the door. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 However, Jones, along with two other FirstEnergy executives who were also fired, received no severance packages from the company, and their stock incentives were withdrawn. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Farnath would not discuss details of the severance packages offered to Vinton. oregonlive, 11 June 2021 When companies like FedEx were forced to layoff employees, education benefits became a part of severance packages. Alexandra Wilson, Forbes, 2 June 2021 His lawyers said DeNicolo filed suit after receiving her final severance payment. Christy Gutowski,, 27 Sep. 2021 The bill bans the type of severance payment that McGrath received and also removes the MES executive director from the board of directors, a move intended to give the board greater oversight over the director. Pamela Wood,, 13 Apr. 2021 Falwell came to a resolution with the school about a disagreement in his severance payment, saying he was owed $10.5 million and the contract was terminated without cause. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of severance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Severance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of severance

: the act of ending someone's employment
: the act of ending a relationship, connection, etc.


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