1. [syn: legal separation, judicial separation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Separation \Sep`a*ra"tion\, n. [L. separatio: cf. F.
The act of separating, or the state of being separated, or
(a) Chemical analysis.
(c) (Steam Boilers) The operation of removing water from
Judicial separation (Law), a form of divorce; a separation
of man and wife which has the effect of making each a
single person for all legal purposes but without ability
to contract a new marriage. --Mozley & W.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a judicial decree regulating the rights and
responsibilities of a married couple living apart [syn:
legal separation, judicial separation]