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Definitions of separation

  1. coming apart
  2. the distance between things; " fragile items require separation and cushioning"
  3. ( law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife ( either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
  4. the state of lacking unity
  5. the social act of separating or parting company; " the separation of church and state"
  6. sorting one thing from others; " the separation of wheat from chaff"; " the separation of mail by postal zones"
  7. termination of employment ( by resignation or dismissal)
  8. the space where a division or parting occurs; " he hid in the separation between walls"
  9. The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or separate.
  10. Divorce.
  11. The operation of removing water from steam.
  12. A situation in which the partners in a married couple live apart. Spouses are said to be living apart if they no longer reside in the same dwelling, even though they may continue their relationship. A legal separation results when the parties separate and a court rules on the division of property, such as alimony or child support -- but does not grant a divorce.
  13. The act of parting, dividing, or withdrawing; state of being divided or apart: legal parting of married persons.
  14. Act of separating or disjoining: state of being separate: disunion: the state of a married couple legally living apart, without an absolute divorce.
  15. The act of separating; the state of being separated.
  16. The act of separating; disjunction; the state of being separate; disunion; divorce.
  17. Disjunction; disconnection; divorce.
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Usage examples for separation

  1. And even now he is sure the King will never consent to the separation. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  2. His memory of it is perfect and the result is that he has not our sense of separation and loss at all. – Elementary Theosophy by L. W. Rogers
  3. Three months' separation and waiting, and then- " What are you thinking of?" – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  4. The assertion it contains is not true, and I conceive it to be a duty both to you and myself to declare that I then was, and still am, ignorant of the causes of the separation in question:- I am, etc. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  5. I know only too well how much this separation has cost him. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  6. The separation of the Negro membership from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, came after the Civil War. – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  7. In separation from their fellows, they could not be trained. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  8. I mean the separation of a male elephant from all his companions, in order to lead a solitary existence. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  9. If we make the plates of a condenser larger, keeping the separation between them the same, it means more space in the waiting- rooms and hence less crowding. – Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son by John Mills
  10. She did not expect him to obey her first orders, nor did she want to hurry the moment of separation, or to part from him with a feeling of bitterness. – Esther by Henry Adams
  11. The green reappeared only in the F2 males, but the separation of green from gray was not as easy or complete as desirable. – Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila by Thomas Hunt Morgan Calvin B. Bridges
  12. I felt very poor and lonely as I went to my bed at the club that first night after our separation, and when next day Bacheller invited me out to his new home at Sound Beach, I gratefully accepted, although I was in the middle of getting a new book through the press- a job which my publishers had urged upon me against my better judgment. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  13. It was like meeting an old friend after years of separation. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  14. There is no such thing as separation here, or anywhere. – The Child of the Dawn by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. The separation of spirit from matter was a mystery, and the union of spirit with matter was a mystery also. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  16. There is so much sadness in separation! – The Red Lily, v2 by Anatole France
  17. Separation, without permission to re- marry, is of course an admitted remedy. – An Outline of Sexual Morality by Kenneth Ingram
  18. If indeed it is only proposed, that a separation of the troops shall be referred to the consent of their officers; that is a very different matter. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  19. Nevertheless, the risk bred of separation which, in order to achieve great results, they had deliberately accepted had not yet passed away. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  20. Now look here, Tess, I know what men are, and, bearing in mind the grounds of your separation, I am quite positive he will never make it up with you. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
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