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Noun: separation  ,se-pu'rey-shun
  1. The state of lacking unity
  2. Coming apart
    - breakup, detachment
  3. The distance between things
    "fragile items require separation and cushioning";
    - interval
  4. Sorting one thing from others
    "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"
  5. The social act of separating or parting company
    "the separation of church and state"
  6. The space where a division or parting occurs
    "he hid in the separation between walls"
  7. The termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
  8. (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
    - legal separation
  9. The act of dividing or disconnecting

Derived forms: separations

See also: separate

Type of: alteration, cessation, change, change of integrity, distance, final result, group action, modification, outcome, result, resultant, sorting, space, state, surcease [archaic], termination

Antonym: union

Encyclopedia: Separation