termination

noun

ter·​mi·​na·​tion ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce termination (audio)
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
5
terminational adjective

Example Sentences

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 The lawsuit alleges the chairperson and another commissioner convinced two others to vote for the termination. Casey Grove, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Nov. 2022 But then-Assistant Sheriff Anthony Ray overruled that decision and opted for termination. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 Sharing perspectives and truly listening can help all involved make better choices and avoid the need for termination. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 The department did not disclose the grounds for termination. Shimon Prokupecz, CNN, 21 Oct. 2022 Puerto Rican residents and celebrities have been protesting against the privatization for months, calling for an early termination of LUMA’s 15 year contract. Time, 20 Sep. 2022 The production companies seek to force the internet providers to implement policies that provide for the termination of accounts held by repeat offenders and to block certain piracy websites. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2022 Uvalde school officials have been under mounting pressure from victims’ families and members of the community, many of whom have called for Arredondo’s termination. Acacia Coronado, Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2022 Uvalde school officials have been under mounting pressure from victims' families and members of the community, many of whom have called for Arredondo's termination. Acacia Coronado, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Termination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termination. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

termination

noun

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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