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Borrowed from Latin terminationem (accusative of terminatio).


  • (US) IPA(key): /tɚmɪˈneɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


termination (countable and uncountable, plural terminations)

  1. The process of terminating or the state of being terminated.
    Synonyms: discontinuation, stoppage
    Antonym: continuation
  2. The process of firing an employee; ending one's employment at a business for any reason.
    Synonyms: discharge, dismissal
  3. An end in time; a conclusion.
    Synonyms: close, conclusion, end, finale, finish, stop
  4. An end in space; an edge or limit.
    Synonyms: border, edge, end, limit, lip, rim, tip
  5. An outcome or result.
    Synonyms: consequence, outcome, result, upshot
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 111:
      Long indeed did that morning appear to Francesca—the longer as her anxiety was unexpressed; for it certainly does shorten a period of waiting not a little to spend it in talking over its various probabilities of termination, wondering what will happen, while we are consoled by the strong sympathy we excite in the listener.
  6. (grammar) The last part of a word; an ending, a desinence; a suffix.
    Synonym: ending
    • 1849, E. A. Andrews, A First Latin Book; Or Progressive Lessons in Reading and Writing Latin, 2nd edition, Boston, p. 52 and 69:
      1. Some adjectives of the third declension have three terminations in the nominative singular,—one for each gender; some two,—one for the masculine and feminine, the other for the neuter; and some, only one for all genders.
      1. Verbs whose terminations are alike, are said to be of the same conjugation.
      2. Latin verbs are divided into four conjugations.
  7. (medicine) An induced abortion.
    Synonyms: abortion, induced abortion
  8. (obsolete, rare) A word, a term.
  9. The ending up of a polypeptid chain.

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