se·​ver·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈver-ə-tē How to pronounce severity (audio) \

Definition of severity

: the quality or state of being severe : the condition of being very bad, serious, unpleasant, or harsh the severity of the climate the severity of the punishment Medication can help shorten the illness and lessen its severity. To make all coastal residents more aware of the severity of the cyclone hazard, and to increase faith and trust in evacuation orders, the emergency personnel must educate them about the benefits of taking refuge in public shelters prior to an approaching cyclone.— Bimal Kanti Paul A dog, like a human, is prone to two broadly defined types of bone fracture—open and closed. Within each category, breaks of varying severity may occur.— Tom Ewing

First Known Use of severity

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of severity was in 1530

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“Severity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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se·​ver·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈver-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of severity

: the quality or state of being severe They're determining the severity of the damage.

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