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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No explanation was given for Dunaway’s termination. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound play Tea at Five," 24 July 2019 The defendant, who denied being the father, argued that the Constitution required that paternity be shown by clear and convincing evidence — the standard the Supreme Court earlier mandated for the termination of parental rights. Stephen L. Carter, Twin Cities, "Stephen L. Carter: Five opinions that show Justice Stevens’s greatness," 21 July 2019 According to online court documents, the court will allow for early termination of his probation, after six months, if approved by the parole agent. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A paramedic gets probation after showing up to a training at the Elm Grove Police Department drunk and armed," 9 July 2019 Roughly two weeks after Hampton made Southworth's dismissal public on Twitter, Gov. Matt Bevin's chief of staff, Blake Brickman, took responsibility for the termination. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "The firing of Lt. Gov. Hampton's aide has sparked a GOP civil war in Kentucky. Here's how," 17 June 2019 Trump responded by suing those owners, too, demanding $75 million for wrongful termination. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama," 3 June 2019 Cause for termination: a series of offensive tweets, in most cases about a decade old, that were circulated by a right-wing media personality. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 The reasons for Grove’s termination have not been made public, but the Dolphins had a brutal string of injuries last year, most notably a knee injury that cost Ryan Tannehill the entire season. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins hire new athletic trainer to replace Ryan Grove," 12 Feb. 2018 Barnett said the end result could have been a termination of city pickup, with residents forced to contract for refuse collection on their own. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Brunswick curbside recycling program working through bumps in the road," 13 Aug. 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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