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 for severance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Severance \Sev"er*ance\, n.
     1. The act of severing, or the state of being severed;
        partition; separation. --Milman.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) The act of dividing; the singling or severing of two
        or more that join, or are joined, in one writ; the putting
        in several or separate pleas or answers by two or more
        disjointly; the destruction of the unity of interest in a
        joint estate. --Bouvier.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a personal or social separation (as between opposing
           factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn:
           rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling
      2: the act of severing [syn: severance, severing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "severance":
     abscission, alteration, amputation, analysis, anatomization,
     atomization, butchering, change, chopping, clearance, cleavage,
     cutting, demarcation, deportation, desynonymization, detachment,
     dichotomy, differencing, differentiation, discard, discrimination,
     disequalization, disjunction, disposal, disposition, distinction,
     distinguishment, diversification, division, ejection, elimination,
     enucleation, eradication, excision, exile, expatriation, expulsion,
     fission, individualization, individuation, laceration, liquidation,
     modification, mutilation, ostracism, outlawing, outlawry,
     particularization, personalization, purge, removal, rending,
     resection, riddance, ripping, scission, section, segregation,
     separation, severalization, slashing, slicing, specialization,
     splitting, surgery, suspension, tearing, variation, withdrawal

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEVERANCE, pleading. When an action is brought in the name of several 
  plaintiffs, in which the plaintiffs must of necessity join, and one or more 
  of the persons so named do not appear, or make default after appearance, the 
  other may have judgment of severance, or, as it is technically called, 
  judgment ad sequendum solum. 
       2. But in personal actions, with the exception of those by executors, 
  and of detinue for charters, there can be no summons and severance. Co. Lit. 
       3. After severance, the party severed can never be mentioned in the 
  suit, nor derive any advantage from it. 
       4. When there are several defendants, each of them may use such plea 
  as, he may think proper for his own defence; and they may join in the same 
  plea, or sever at their discretion; Co. Litt. 303, a except perhaps, in the 
  case of dilatory pleas. Hob. 245, 250. But when the defendants have once 
  united in the plea, they cannot afterwards sever at the rejoinder, or other 
  later stage of the pleading. Vide, generally, Bro. Summ. and Sev.; 2 Rolle, 
  488; Archb. Civ. Pl. 59. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEVERANCE, estates. The act by which any one of the unities of a joint 
  tenancy is effected, is so called; because the estate is no longer a joint 
  tenancy, but is severed. 
       2. A severance may be effected in various ways, namely: 1. By 
  partition, which is either voluntary or compulsory. 2. By alienation of one 
  of the joint tenants, which turns the estate into a tenancy in common. 3. By 
  the purchase or descent of all the shares of the joint tenants, so that the 
  whole estate becomes vested in one only. Com. Dig. Estates by Grant, K 5; 1 
  Binn. R. 175. 
       3. In another and a less technical sense, severance is the separation 
  of a part of a thing from another; for example, the separation of machinery 
  from a mill, is a severance, and, in that case, the machinery which while 
  annexed to the mill was real estate, becomes by the severance; personalty, 
  unless such severance be merely temporary. 8 Wend. R. 587. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Severance, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
     Population (2000):    597
     Housing Units (2000): 207
     Land area (2000):     2.069528 sq. miles (5.360053 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.065733 sq. miles (0.170248 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.135261 sq. miles (5.530301 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            69150
     Located within:       Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
     Location:             40.535208 N, 104.850761 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Severance, CO

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Severance, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
     Population (2000):    108
     Housing Units (2000): 53
     Land area (2000):     0.128303 sq. miles (0.332303 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.128303 sq. miles (0.332303 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            64025
     Located within:       Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
     Location:             39.767644 N, 95.250303 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     66087
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Severance, KS

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