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Definition of Separation

(noun) A temporary break in a marriage that may or may not lead to a divorce.

Separation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sep·a·ra·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sep-uhr-rAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /se-puh-rAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌsɛpəˈreɪʃən/
  • British English – /sɛpəˈreɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: separations
  • In contrast to separation, a divorce is the legal or socially sanctioned termination of a marriage.
  • Also called:
    • temporary separation
    • trial separation

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Cite the Definition of Separation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “separation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 23, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/separation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

separation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/separation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “separation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 23, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/separation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“separation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/separation/>.