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severance

noun [U] uk   /ˈsev.ər.əns/  us   /-ɚ-/
money paid by an employer to an employee whose job the employer has had to bring to an end: The management have offered employees one week's severance (pay) for each six months they have worked at the company. a severance agreement/deal/package formal the act of ending a connection, relationship, etc. or of being separated from a person, place, etc.: The minister announced the severance of aid to the country. The hardest thing to cope with was the severance from his family.
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