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English noun: separation

1. separation (state) the state of lacking unity

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)disassociation, disconnectedness, disconnection, discontinuity, discreteness, disjunction, disjuncture, distinctness, isolation, separateness, severalty


Antonymsunification, union

2. separation (event) coming apart

Synonymsbreakup, detachment

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)breach, break, break, falling out, rift, rupture, severance

3. separation (attribute) the distance between things

SamplesFragile items require separation and cushioning.


Broader (hypernym)distance

Narrower (hyponym)clearance

4. separation (act) sorting one thing from others

SamplesThe separation of wheat from chaff.
The separation of mail by postal zones.

Broader (hypernym)sorting

Narrower (hyponym)sifting, threshing, winnow, winnowing

5. separation (act) the social act of separating or parting company

SamplesThe separation of church and state.

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)closing off, divorce, divorcement, isolation, seclusion, segregation, separationism, separatism, sequestration

6. separation (location) the space where a division or parting occurs

SamplesHe hid in the separation between walls.

Broader (hypernym)space

7. separation (event) the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)

Broader (hypernym)final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination

8. separation (act) (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)

Synonymslegal separation

Broader (hypernym)cessation, surcease

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

9. separation (act) the act of dividing or disconnecting

Broader (hypernym)change of integrity

Narrower (hyponym)avulsion, detachment, disconnection, disengagement, disjunction, dissociation, disunion, divergence, divergency, division, division, partition, partitioning, remotion, removal, secession, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation, tear, withdrawal, withdrawal

Instance hyponymSecession

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