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seververb break apart, break off, cleave, cut, cut adrift, detach, dirimere, disband, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, dismember, dispair, dispart, dissever, dissociate, dissolve, disunite, divide, dividere, divorce, fissure, isolate, keep apart, lacerate, lop off, part, partition, rend, rend asunder, rive, rupture, segment, segregate, separare, set apart, slit, splinter, split, subdivide, sunder, tear, unbind, uncouple, unfasten, untie, wrench
Associated concepts: sever a claim, sever a party, sever an action, severable cause of action, severable contract
See also: abandon, break, detach, dichotomize, disband, discontinue, disengage, disjoint, dissociate, dissolve, divide, divorce, estrange, excise, interrupt, isolate, luxate, part, partition, rend, separate, split, subdivide
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.