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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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As Severing wrote on his lengthy final testimony: 'The economic conditions of England, the home of the poor, are marked by destitution and squalor, the light of heaven being closed out from miserable tenement rooms and alleys.
Severing trusts into two or more separate trusts would be permitted.
The IRS in Sierracin attempted to override the business purpose criterion for severing a contract.
* a severing of crosslinks by chemical or steam digestion to produce a product known as reclaim and