sev·er /'se-vər/ vt sev·ered, sev·er·ing1: to end (a joint tenancy) by ending one or all of the unities of time, title, possession, or interest (as by conveying one tenant's interest to another party)2: to separate (as a contract) into different parts (as independent obligations) in order to treat each separately3 a: to try (criminal offenses or defendants) separately in order to avoid prejudiceb: to split (a criminal trial) into multiple trials in order to avoid prejudicec: to try (civil claims or issues pleaded in the same case) separatelysev·er·ance /'se-vrəns, -və-rens/ n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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, separate, 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
break (separate), detach, dichotomize, disband, discontinue (abandon), discontinue (break continuity), disengage, disjoint, dissociate, dissolve (separate), divide (separate), divorce, estrange, excise (cut away), interrupt, isolate, luxate, part (separate), partition, rend, separate, split, subdivide
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To cut; to divide or separate; to end a relationship; to separate causes of action or defendants that have been joined together to try them instead in individual lawsuits.n.severance
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.