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

  Departure \De*par"ture\ (?; 135), n. [From Depart.]
     1. Division; separation; putting away. [Obs.]
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              No other remedy . . . but absolute departure.
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     2. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of
        departing or going away.
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              Departure from this happy place.      --Milton.
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     3. Removal from the present life; death; decease.
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              The time of my departure is at hand.  --2 Tim. iv.
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              His timely departure . . . barred him from the
              knowledge of his son's miseries.      --Sir P.
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     4. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course
        of action, a plan, or a purpose.
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              Any departure from a national standard. --Prescott.
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     5. (Law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the
        ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and
        the adoption of another. --Bouvier.
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     6. (Nav. & Surv.) The distance due east or west which a
        person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.
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     Note: Since the meridians sensibly converge, the departure in
           navigation is not measured from the beginning nor from
           the end of the ship's course, but is regarded as the
           total easting or westing made by the ship or person as
           he travels over the course.
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     To take a departure (Nav. & Surv.), to ascertain, usually
        by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a
        vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which
        to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her
        departure from Sandy Hook.
     Syn: Death; demise; release. See Death.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of departing [syn: departure, going, going
           away, leaving]
      2: a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the
         deviation from the mean" [syn: deviation, divergence,
         departure, difference]
      3: euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his
         passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit,
         expiration, going, release]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  226 Moby Thesaurus words for "departure":
     AWOL, French leave, aberrancy, aberration, abscondence, absence,
     absence without leave, absentation, absenteeism, absenting,
     annihilation, bane, bend, bias, biological death, blackout,
     blocking, branching off, bypath, byway, cessation of life,
     circuitousness, clinical death, contrariety, contrast, corner,
     crook, crossing the bar, curtains, curve, cut, day off, death,
     death knell, debt of nature, decampment, decease, declination,
     default, deflection, dematerialization, demise, detour, deviance,
     deviancy, deviation, deviousness, difference, digression,
     disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disappearance,
     disappearing, disconformity, discongruity, discordance,
     discrepancy, discreteness, discursion, disparity, dispersion,
     dissent, dissimilarity, dissipation, dissolution, dissolving,
     dissonance, distinction, distinctness, divagation, divarication,
     divergence, divergency, diversion, diversity, dogleg, doom, double,
     drift, drifting, dying, ebb of life, eclipse, egress, egression,
     elimination, end, end of life, ending, episode, erasure, errantry,
     escape, eternal rest, evanescence, evaporation, excursion,
     excursus, excused absence, exit, exodus, exorbitation, expiration,
     extinction, extinguishment, extraction, fadeaway, fadeout, fading,
     far cry, farewell, final summons, finger of death, fleeing, flight,
     forthcoming, furlough, going, going off, going out, grave, hairpin,
     hand of death, heterogeneity, holiday, hooky, inaccordance,
     incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance,
     indirection, inequality, inharmoniousness, inharmony,
     irreconcilability, jaws of death, knell, last debt, last muster,
     last rest, last roundup, last sleep, leave, leave of absence,
     leave-taking, leaving, leaving life, loss of life, making an end,
     melting, mixture, nonappearance, nonattendance, nonconformity,
     obliquity, occultation, odds, opposition, otherness, outcome,
     outcoming, outgo, outgoing, parting, passing, passing away,
     passing over, pererration, perishing, quietus, rambling, release,
     rest, retreat, reward, running away, sabbatical leave,
     sentence of death, separateness, shades of death, shadow of death,
     sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, sick leave,
     side path, side road, sidetrack, skew, slant, sleep, somatic death,
     straying, summons of death, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging,
     tack, truancy, truantism, turn, turning, twist, unconformity,
     unexcused absence, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, vacation, vanishing,
     vanishing point, variance, variation, variegation, variety, veer,
     wandering, warp, wipe, withdrawal, yaw, zigzag

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

  DEPARTURE, pleading. Said to be when a party quits or departs from the case, 
  or defence, which he has first made, and has recourse to another; it is when 
  his replication or rejoinder contains matter not pursuant to the 
  declaration, or plea, and which does not support and fortify it. Co. Litt. 
  304, a; 2 Saund. 84, a, n. (1); 2 Wils. 98; 1 Chit. Pl. 619. The following 
  example will illustrate what is a departure: if to assumpsit, the defendant 
  plead infancy, and to a replication of necessaries, rejoin, duress, payment, 
  release, &c., the rejoinder is a departure, and a good cause of demurrer, 
  because the defendant quits or departs from the case or defence which he 
  first made, though either of these matters, newly pleaded, would have been a 
  good bar, if first pleaded as such. 
       2. A departure in pleading is never allowed, for the record would, by 
  such means, be spun out into endless prolixity; for he who has departed from 
  and relinquished his first plea, might resort to a second, third, fourth, or 
  even fortieth defence; pleading would, by such means, become infinite. He 
  who had a bad cause, would never be brought to issue, and he who had a good 
  one, would never obtain the end of his suit. Summary on Pleading, 92; 2 
  Saund. 84, a. n. (l); 16 East, R. 39; 1 M. & S. 395 Coin. Dig. Pleader, F 7, 
  11; Bac. Abr. Pleas, L; Vin. Abr. Departure; 1 Archb. Civ. Pl. 247, 253; 1 
  Chit. Pl. 618. 
       3. A departure is cured by a verdict in favor of him who makes it, if 
  the matter pleaded by way of departure is a sufficient answer, in substance, 
  to what is before pleaded by the opposite party; that is, if it would have 
  been sufficient, if pleaded in the first instance. 2 Saund. 84 1 Lill. Ab. 

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

  DEPARTURE, maritime law. A deviation from the course of the voyage insured. 
  2. A departure is justifiable or not justifiable it is justifiable ill 
  consequence of the stress of weather, to make necessary repairs, to succor a 
  ship in distress, to avoid capture, of inability to navigate the ship, 
  mutiny of the crew, or other compulsion. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1189. 

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