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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The lead prosecutor involved in the trial of five young men known as the Central Park Five, whose conviction was later vacated, will no longer teach at Columbia Law School following student demands for her termination. NBC News, "Central Park Five prosecutor no longer at Columbia Law School after student petition," 12 June 2019 If there are folks working at Risley who MGT determines are detrimental to the important mission of getting these kids caught up to grade level, then the board should consider their termination and be reasonable about the decision. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: State is right to intervene when schools keep failing kids," 7 June 2019 The officer sued over his termination and was awarded a settlement. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "CHP chief investigated over transphobic Facebook post about Caitlyn Jenner," 4 June 2019 Trump announced the program’s expiration last year, though its termination has been stalled by court orders. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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