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Several

Separate; individual; independent.

In this sense, the word several is distinguished from joint. When applied to a number of persons, the expression severally liable usually implies that each person is liable alone.

Cross-references

Joint and Several Liability.

several

(Plural), adjective assorted, certain, diverse, few, more than one, some, sundry

several

(Separate), adjective appropriate, certain, chosen, definite, different, distinctive, distinguishable, exclusive, fixed, independent, marked, peculiar, personal, private, proper, representative, singular, unique
Associated concepts: several defendants, several liability, several ownership, several tracts, several trusts, several transactions, severally
See also: diverse, manifold, multiple

SEVERAL. A state of separation or partition. A several agreement or covenant, is one entered into by two or more persons separately, each binding himself for the whole; a several action is one in which two or more persons are separately charged; a several inheritance, is one conveyed so as to descend, or come to two persons separately by moieties. Several is usually opposed to joint. Vide 3 Rawle, 306. See Contract; Joint Contract, Parties to action.

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I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body, from my arm-pits to my thighs.
The times of election in the several States, as they are now established for local purposes, vary between extremes as wide as March and November.
From a comparison and fair construction of these several modes of expression, is to be deduced the authority under which the convention acted.
These insects adhere to one another sometimes for several leagues.
He had lurked for several days among the mountains, until almost starved; at length he escaped the vigilance of his enemies in the night, and was so fortunate as to meet the two Iroquois hunters, who, being on horseback, conveyed him without further difficulty to the rendezvous.
Instantly the passage was blocked up by several men, who commanded me to resume my seat.
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Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.
Neither do I reckon it an ill seat, only where the air is unwholesome; but likewise where the air is unequal; as you shall see many fine seats set upon a knap of ground, environed with higher hills round about it; whereby the heat of the sun is pent in, and the wind gathereth as in troughs; so as you shall have, and that suddenly, as great diversity of heat and cold as if you dwelt in several places.
Opposite the lofty cathedral, reddened by the setting sun, on the stone balcony built above the porch of a rich Gothic house, which formed the angle of the square and the Rue du Parvis, several young girls were laughing and chatting with every sort of grace and mirth.
As soon as it was light enough to see their surroundings Lieutenant Charpentier sent men in groups of three in several directions to locate the trail, and in ten minutes it was found and the expedition was hurrying back toward the beach.
A revolver-shot killed one and scattered the others; but several times later during the day we were menaced by them, until we had left their country and entered that of the Sto-lu, or hatchet-men.