Sever(redirected from severing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
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.