- An example of a separation is one person leaving another.
- An example of a separation is the perforation in paper towels where one towel is torn from another.
The definition of a separation is a break, or the place where a split happens.
- a separating or being separated
- the place where a separating occurs; break; division; gap
- something that separates
- a legal arrangement by which a husband and wife remain married but live apart
Origin of separationMiddle English separacion from Middle French from Classical Latin separatio
- a. The act or process of moving apart or forcing something apart: the separation of continents from a single landmass; the separation of railroad cars from a train.b. The condition of being apart, especially the condition of two people who had lived together or been married living in different places.c. An interval or space that separates; a gap: The separation between the lead runner and the pack was getting longer.
- a. The process of sorting or distinguishing into different components, groups, or categories: the gradual separation of the sciences into physical and biological.b. The condition of being so sorted or distinguished: the unquestioned separation of labor by gender.
- Law a. The voluntary cessation by spouses of cohabitation and other marital relations.b. A formal legal severing of the relations between spouses that does not dissolve the marriage as in divorce.c. In some jurisdictions, divorce.
- Discharge, as from employment or military service.
abalienation the act of estrangement or separation, as in marriage. Also alienation. alienation abalienation. severalty the state or condition of being separate. See also property and ownership. severance 1. the act or process of severing or separating. 2. the state or condition of being severed or separated, as in the ending of a relationship.
- The act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated.
- The place at which a division occurs.
- An interval, gap or space that separates things.
- (law) An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce.
- (military) Departure from active duty, while not necessarily leaving the service entirely.
Attested in the 15th Century CE; from Old French separation, from Latin separationem.
separation - Legal Definition
- The condition of a husband and wife who remain married but who live apart, whether by mutual agreement or by decree of a court. See also divorce.
- Termination of an employment contact.