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

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The school plans to provide the employees who are losing their jobs with severance packages and other assistance. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky says professors fabricated federally funded cancer research," 23 Aug. 2019 Conte was awarded that sum when it was ruled that he was entitled to the £9m he was set to earn over the remainder of his contract, having failed to agree on a severance package in the aftermath of his dismissal, which occurred on July 13th, 2018., "Antonio Conte Takes Further Legal Action Against Chelsea Despite £9m Compensation," 22 Aug. 2019 The final decision will be his, based on whether severance would be in the children's best interest. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "These courts must protect kids' privacy. They also must be public. Can it be done?," 31 July 2019 And, tremendously importantly, the bill would protect workers when employers go bankrupt, giving them added recourse to pursue the severance that is currently denied them. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Robinhood Raises $323 Million In Funding at a $7.6 Billion Valuation: Term Sheet," 23 July 2019 Since Black's salary was $261,000 a year, a 10-month severance would have been worth more than $200,000. Dan Horn,, "New texts: Cranley and City Council talked about using private money to buy out Harry Black," 5 June 2019 The employee no longer works in the office and was not given any severance, Blumenthal said, adding that there was no non-disclosure agreement either. Neil Vigdor,, "Former Elizabeth Esty Aide: Congress Enables Domestic Violence and Harassment," 30 Mar. 2018 Weeks of intense negotiations over her severance package followed her departure. Fox News, "Planned Parenthood, former CEO come to agreement on severance dispute," 17 Sep. 2019 The proceeds will also fund a severance package for faculty and staff, Newbury vice president and chief of staff Paul Martin said in a statement, though details were not available., "Long a place for the young, the Brookline campus of Newbury College will now become a place for the old.," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of severance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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