ter·​mi·​na·​tion ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio)
: end in time or existence : conclusion
the termination of life
: the last part of a word
especially : an inflectional ending
: the act of terminating
: a limit in space or extent : bound
terminational 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?
Recent Examples on the Web After hearing her testimony, the Pembroke Park Commission let the termination stand without further discussion. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 19 May 2024 The Canadian actor requested spousal support for himself, and the termination of spousal support for Spelling, 50. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for termination 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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

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“Termination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termination. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ter·​mi·​na·​tion ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio)
: an end or ending of something
especially : a distal end of an anatomical part

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