termination

noun
ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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 , -​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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Defy Media is also facing a class-action lawsuit from Georgie Guinane, a former writer and producer for Defy’s Clevver property, arguing the company has violated federal labor law by giving laid off employees insufficient notice of termination. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube creators blindsided by major network’s collapse," 5 Dec. 2018 These women were denied equal pay and opportunities and were discouraged from speaking out by threats of termination. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Riot Games sued over allegations of sexual harassment, pay disparity," 7 Nov. 2018 On his way out the door, BamBrogan sued Hyperloop One, Afshin Pishevar, and others, alleging wrongful termination, defamation, financial misdeeds, and assault. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off," 15 Dec. 2018 In March 2014, Gibson sued ESF and Staples for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and slander. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 2018 The 2015 suit asked for $200 million for constructive termination, breach of contract, and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 Now the new Medicaid regulations require insurers to notify states about providers’ terminations and other changes in their status, according to the report. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 2018 Reasons for leaving the museum vary — resignation, retirement, termination, not passing a probation period. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "More than 20 percent of employees leave Naper Settlement in first half of 2018; CEO cites consolidation talk for turnover," 28 June 2018 Three days after the joint statement on Southwell’s termination, the justice department subpoenaed the city for records relating to Southwell, then-Watershed Commissioner JoAnn Macrina and then-procurement chief Adam Smith. Stephen Deere, ajc, "Atlanta’s legal bills related to corruption probe top $7.5M, AJC finds," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of termination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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termination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of termination

: an act of ending something

: 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

termination

noun
ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of termination

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

termination

noun
ter·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Medical Definition of termination 

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

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