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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Recent Examples on the Web Greene's attorney, Plofchan, says his client is looking into all possible actions, including a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Virginia police chief, whose department filed felony charges against Black legislator in a Confederate monument vandalism case, has been fired," 18 Nov. 2020 Gibson, who was fired in May 2019 along with four other administrators, is now suing the charter network for wrongful termination. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New court documents allege years of mismanagement, more grade-fixing at Kennedy High School," 12 Nov. 2020 Byer, a 13-year employee, sued Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Treasurer's office for wrongful termination and accused Good and Treasurer Jennifer Templeton of malfeasance. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Treasurer's race in Hamilton County among Dem challenges in GOP stronghold," 4 Nov. 2020 Dell’Anno previously worked at the city attorney’s office and is currently suing the city for wrongful termination. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspended NBC 7 producer files legal claim against city over retracted Ash Street story," 14 Oct. 2020 But on the central issue in the case, the court agreed with Koh that the administration’s plan for an early termination of census-taking would threaten the constitutional requirement of a complete population count once per decade. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Appeals court stops Trump administration from shutting down census before Oct. 31 deadline," 7 Oct. 2020 Lentz and his wife have not publicly addressed the termination. NBC News, "Carl Lentz, Hillsong pastor and spiritual adviser to Justin Bieber, fired over 'moral failures'," 5 Nov. 2020 The most important among them, Nissan feels, is the termination point of the roof-to-tail arc, which plunges down to a point lower than the front fenders. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "7 Easter Eggs Found on Nissan's Sexy Z Proto," 3 Nov. 2020 Kimberley Motley, an attorney representing the families of all three people Mensah fatally shot, argued to the commission that the decisions not to charge him criminally doesn't protect him from termination. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "Lawyer: Wisconsin cop can't be fired for future shooting," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of termination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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“Termination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/termination. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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