Admitting of severance or separation; capable of being divided; separable; capable of being severed from other things to which it was joined, and yet maintaining a complete and independent existence. Capable of carrying on an independent existence; for example, a severable statute is one that can still be valid even if one part of it is struck down as invalid by a court. It is common for statutes to have a severability clause or savings clause (q.v.)

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • severable — sev·er·able / se vrə bəl, se və rə / adj: capable of being severed: divisible a severable contract a severable bequest compare entire sev·er·abil·i·ty /ˌse vrə bi lə tē, ˌse və rə / …   Law dictionary

  • severable — UK US /ˈsevərəbl/ adjective LAW ► if a contract is severable, it can be ended: »The goods may be delivered in instalments, but the contract is not severable …   Financial and business terms

  • Severable — Sev er*a*ble, a. Capable of being severed. Encyc. Dict. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • severable — [sev′ərə bəl] adj. 1. that can be severed or divided 2. Law separable into distinct, independent obligations: said of a contract severability n …   English World dictionary

  • severable — severability, n. /sev euhr euh beuhl, sev reuh /, adj. 1. capable of being severed. 2. Law. separable or capable of being treated as separate from a whole legal right or obligation: a severable contract obligation. [1540 50; SEVER + ABLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • severable — /ˈsɛvrəbəl/ (say sevruhbuhl), /ˈsɛvərəbəl/ (say sevuhruhbuhl) adjective 1. capable of being severed. 2. Law separable or capable of being treated as separate from a whole legal right or obligation: a severable contract obligation. –severability… …   Australian English dictionary

  • severable — sever ► VERB 1) divide by cutting or slicing. 2) put an end to (a connection or relationship). DERIVATIVES severable adjective. ORIGIN Old French severer, from Latin separare disjoin, divide …   English terms dictionary

  • severable — adjective capable of being divided or dissociated often drugs and crime are not dissociable the siamese twins were not considered separable a song...never conceived of as severable from the melody • Syn: ↑dissociable, ↑separable • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • severable — adjective Date: 1548 capable of being severed; especially capable of being divided into legally independent rights or obligations • severability noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • severable — adjective a) Capable of being severed. b) Capable of being separated …   Wiktionary

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