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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Dunn will be on leave effective Tuesday, before his official termination on July 30. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 July 2018 Riley declined to answer further questions about Betof’s departure, and the university would not provide the date of his termination. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "Head of school at Boston University Academy is suddenly out," 10 July 2018 Christine D’Onofrio worked at the company for 24 years before her termination in October 2013, according to the suit, which was filed in September 2015 in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaf ex-employee wins $775,000 in discrimination case against Pompano Beach Costco," 10 July 2018 By mid-July the attorneys were handling settlement negotiations between the city and Southwell over how to resolve quietly his termination. Stephen Deere, ajc, "Atlanta’s legal bills related to corruption probe top $7.5M, AJC finds," 28 June 2018 Medina and Taylor had previously been reassigned before their termination this week. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Parkland security monitor who sexually harassed one of the shooting victims was just fired," 26 June 2018 Ultimately though, my termination strengthened my convictions. Marisa Lascher, WSJ, "Is the Office Any Place for Empathy?," 17 June 2018 The background checks are conducted by a San Francisco company, Checkr, and drivers who have been cut off from the app have received a list of the offenses that led to their termination. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Uber changes direction on drivers' criminal history," 11 June 2018 Guy Mikulich, 39, is asking for at least $75,000 in the lawsuit, arguing that his termination from the sheriff’s department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, according to a complaint filed in federal court. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Ex-Lake County cop convicted of hit-and-run sues sheriff's department," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of termination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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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


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

Kids Definition of termination

1 : the end of something

2 : the act of ending something


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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