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TO SEVER, practice. When defendants who are sued jointly have separate defences, they may in general sever, that is, each one rely on his own separate defence; each may plead severally and insist on his own separate plea. See Severance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates," it said.
'The BRT project will prove to be the most unsuccessful project of Pakistan because it caused sever nuisance to people instead of giving them some relief,' Bilour remarked.
What was originally just one has been severed or separated and become several things.
On Monday, police wrestled Bobokulova to the ground as she was displaying the severed head of a child outside a Moscow metro station, in an incident that stirred fears of an Islamist terrorist attack.
Then-Prime Minister Erdoy-an reprimanded Sever on a TV show for giving such an interview and talking about GE-l's possible candidacy, saying, "He [Sever] is a press adviser, a civil servant; voicing such words is not his duty, how dare he say such words?"
The club plans are to structure a sale so it can play out the 2014 season on Sever Street.
As mentioned earlier, for a wideband high power TWT amplifier it is crucial to have a sever that attenuates the forward going wave and does not result in reflections.
Sever's office is located at 440 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171.
Sever, co-director of the International Centre for Circulatory Health at Imperial College London.
Sever and his coworkers showed that the calcium channel blocker-treated group had significantly less blood pressure variability over time than did those treated with atenolol.