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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In foster care, Washington’s child-welfare system would hold legal custody of Aleiyah, with Alesia’s rights subject to termination at any time. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 In addition to the termination of its registration with GoDaddy, Gab was also blocked by [Medium, Stripe, and PayPal] (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pranavdixit/godaddy-gab-robert-bowers). Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "GoDaddy Will No Longer Host Gab After Squirrel Hill Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 During Shepherd’s post-termination hearing, the review panel heard from various witnesses and watched police video of the incident over several days. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Arbitrator reinstates Seattle police officer fired in 2016 for punching intoxicated handcuffed woman," 21 Nov. 2018 This termination of the relationship may even happen multiple sessions in, as this information might not be discovered at the start. SELF, "Is It a Bad Idea to See the Same Therapist as Someone You Know?," 24 Jan. 2019 Comcast will also forgive outstanding debts for unpaid early termination fees and related late fees. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast forced to pay refunds after its hidden fees hurt customers’ credit," 14 Nov. 2018 Discipline should not be termination but instead a three-day suspension. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland coach kept his job after district found he sexually harassed students," 15 June 2018 DelZoppo said, referring to adjustments in the early termination clause. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Tenants get new rights as Howard revises leasing rules," 6 June 2018 Job terminations at the pharma distribution center are generally expected Sept. 2, the company told the state Department of Labor. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Pharmaceutical Firm To Cut 105 Jobs As It Shuts Rocky Hill Site," 18 June 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
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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