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Sev"er*ance (?), n.

1.

The act of severing, or the state of being severed; partition; separation.

Milman.

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.

 

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