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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Recent Examples on the Web Russell Stamper II pushed Rohlfing on how the white firefighter's actions did not require immediate termination. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee firefighter who hung brown figurine from ribbon suspended for 20 days," 17 Sep. 2020 An analysis of outcomes for 246 pregnant women with COVID-19 in Minnesota showed 256 live births, one pregnancy termination, two stillbirths (fetal death at 20 weeks or more gestation), and two miscarriages (fetal deaths before 20 weeks gestation). Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "HealthPartners part of national study linking COVID-19 to poor birth outcomes," 16 Sep. 2020 Cirque du Soleil, which temporarily laid off 4,679 employees in March -- roughly 95% of its global workforce -- announced the permanent termination of 3,500 of those workers at the end of June after filing for bankruptcy protection. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Brain Drain, Bankruptcy & Millions Unemployed: Where Do Concert Workers Go From Here?," 11 Sep. 2020 In response to recommendations from the partnership, every law enforcement agency in the state will have access to a national index to report officers terminated or resigned in lieu of termination. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "TBI director: Tennessee law enforcement reform standards will lead nation," 11 Sep. 2020 Service Properties previously sent notices of termination to IHG for failing to pay $26.4 million in returns and rents due for July and August. Gillian Tan, Bloomberg.com, "Service Properties to End Pact With IHG on Missed Payments," 27 Aug. 2020 Later disagreements between group member Robertson and their producer would lead to her termination, and an up-and-coming solo singer was brought on as a replacement. Tari Ngangura, Longreads, "A Lover’s Blues: The Unforgettable Voice of Margie Hendrix," 3 Sep. 2020 In a July 2015 memo for corrective action, Superintendent Barbara Mason dinged Brown for allegedly disobeying her orders and said any further acts of insubordination could result in her termination. Zak Koeske, chicagotribune.com, "Matteson school finance director faces third termination from district since 2008," 1 Sep. 2020 Members of the California Public Utilities Commission appear to have held private discussions about their executive director in advance of a meeting Monday to consider her termination, according to records reviewed by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "State utility regulators discussed commission business via text messages, records show," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Termination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termination. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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