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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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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Failure to comply would result in discipline up to and including termination, Segal said. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "After executive's indictment, Scottsdale school board considers new conflict of interest policy," 28 June 2018 Siddiqui said that in most cases, the conversation is all that is necessary, but that if the campaigning persists, discipline may be imposed, which could include termination. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Solicitation for campaign workers forwarded by principal on Howard public school email," 18 June 2018 The abrupt drop-off in services followed the termination of the city's contract with health provider Healthfirst on Jan. 1. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 The termination of the PARS agreement is among the group’s demands. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "City requests meeting with ICE officials on future of data-sharing agreement," 12 July 2018 There’s also the termination of temporary protected status for more than 300,000 people living here from countries that experienced upheaval. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump’s racially charged words dovetail with harsh policies," 9 July 2018 That month, Sinclair employees allegedly held a conference call and discussed termination of Circa Laughs for business reasons. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sinclair Broadcasting Looks to Shed Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Allegations," 27 June 2018 But Kovach isn’t taking the termination lying down and is contesting his dismissal, saying the city violated his rights by firing him. Anne Branigin, The Root, "White Ohio Cop Fired for Detaining Daughter’s Black Boyfriend for No Reason: ‘We’ll Make Shit Up as We Go’," 22 June 2018 Addressing an Italian family association on Saturday, the pope equated the contemporary termination of pregnancies in response to fetal maladies or defects discovered through prenatal testing to the policies of Hitler’s Germany. ... Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Likens Abortion to Nazi Eugenics," 16 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

: 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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