sep·a·rate /'se-pə-ˌrāt/ vb -rat·ed, -rat·ingvt: to cause the separation ofvi: to undergo a separationthe couple separated last year compare divorce
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
alone, apart, asunder, departing, detached, different, disassociated, disconnected, disiunctus, disjoined, disjointed, disjunct, disparate, disrelated, dissimilar, dissociated, distinct, disunited, divergent, diverse, divided, divorced, independent, individual, insular, isolated, lone, loose, parted, removed, secluded, secretus, segregated, separated, separatus, set apart, severed, solitary, split, sundered, unaccompanied, unaffiliated, unallied, unassociated, unattached, unattended, unconnected
associated concepts: separate action, separate cause of action, separate maintenance
alienate, break, break off, break up, cleave, come apart, come between, cut adrift, cut off, detach, disassociate, disband, disconnect, disengage, disiungere, disjoin, dismember, dispart, disperse, dissever, dissociate, dissolve, disunite, divide, exclude, fractionize, hold apart, intersect, keep apart, part, part company, part ways, rend, rive, rupture, section, sectionalize, segment, segregate, separare, set apart, sever, splinter, split, split up, sunder, tear, unbind, uncouple, unloose, unmarry, unravel, untie, unyoke, winnow
associated concepts: annul, divorce
alienate (estrange), alone (solitary), apart, bifurcate, bipartite, classify, cross (intersect), cull, demarcate, detach, dichotomize, different, disaffect, disband, disconnected, discontinue (abandon), discontinue (break continuity), discrete, discriminate (distinguish), disengage, disentangle, disjoint, disjunctive (tending to disjoin), disorganize, disparate, disperse (scatter), dissociate, distill, distinct (distinguished from others), distinguish, divide (separate), estrange, except (exclude), excise (cut away), exclusive (singular), extract, extrinsic, foreign, impertinent (irrelevant), individual, insular, insulate, interrupt, irrelative, isolate, liberate, luxate, particular (individual), particular (specific), private (secluded), purge (purify), relegate, remove (eliminate), screen (select), secede, seclude, sequester (seclude), sequester (seize property), sever, singular, sole, solitary, sort, split, sporadic, subdivide, substantive, unrelated, withdraw
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.Not connected with something; distinct; forming an entity or unit by itself.v.(1) To divide; to move apart; to place a boundary between things.(2) For a judge to order witnesses at a trial to stay out of the courtroom except for when they are testifying.(3) For a husband and wife to move into different homes intending to no longer live together as a couple, often as a precursor to divorce; if the separation is ordered by a court, it is called a legal separation.n.separation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.