What is the meaning of the word separation?

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  1. The act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated.
  2. The place at which a division occurs.
  3. An interval, gap or space that separates things.
  4. (law) An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce.
  5. (military) Departure from active duty, while not necessarily leaving the service entirely.
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I think separation seems a bit more straightforward than a divorce and we can always get one at a later stage.
I really appreciated your well-researched and referenced article on Ashcroft and the separation of church and state.
Although the alula is absent, the third finger probably had the same function in controlling separation of the upper surface airflow.
Politically, civil society relies on the separation of powers, political pluralism and public access to state and public affairs.
However, the ecclesiastical courts could order a husband to pay alimony to a wife seeking a separation from him.
The monomers undergo rotary motion with simultaneous relative lateral displacement rather than direct axial separation.

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