ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio) \

Definition of termination

1 : end in time or existence : conclusion the termination of life
2 : the last part of a word especially : an inflectional ending
3 : the act of terminating
4 : a limit in space or extent : bound

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Other Words from termination

terminational \ ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce terminational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of termination in a Sentence

The law protects against unfair contract termination. the termination of a lease an early termination of the contract The company noted over 300 terminations last quarter. Are there plans for the termination of unproductive employees?
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Barnett said the end result could have been a termination of city pickup, with residents forced to contract for refuse collection on their own. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Brunswick curbside recycling program working through bumps in the road," 13 Aug. 2019 The bill also bars terminations of pregnancies confirmed by the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). al, "Tennessee may soon pass abortion bill similar to Alabama’s," 13 Aug. 2019 The pair also asked for confirmation that Epstein had been placed on suicide watch and about who ordered the termination of that protocol. Chris Dolmetsch, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein’s prison had ‘serious irregularities,’ says AG Barr," 12 Aug. 2019 But the end of the country’s civil war — and the termination of the internal conflict in neighboring Guatemala —did not alleviate intense poverty and high levels of crime, factors that prompt many to embark on the trek for the United States. Alexander Renderos And Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Drowned father and daughter mourned at El Salvador cemetery," 1 July 2019 Benjamin said, referring to construction issues that resulted in delays, cost overruns, the termination of the developers and a subsequent lawsuit that the city recently won. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield town manager finalists will meet with residents on Monday evening," 27 July 2019 The district ended its long-running relationship with Jasmine Engineering after the investigation began, and the company sued the district in response, alleging wrongful termination of its contract. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Harlandale trustees to talk future of district tonight," 22 July 2019 Trump fired Comey, first claiming publicly that the termination was based on his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Here’s all the evidence of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report, in case you forgot," 22 July 2019 Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick would typically make the final decision on the terminations. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland Police Commission flexes muscle in ruling to fire five police officers," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of termination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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The first known use of termination was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of termination

: an act of ending something
US : the act of making a person leave a job : the act of firing or dismissing someone
: an operation to end a pregnancy before the mother would have given birth


ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio) \

Kids Definition of termination

1 : the end of something
2 : the act of ending something


ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio) \

Medical Definition of termination

: an end or ending of something especially : a distal end of an anatomical part

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