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noun     separation pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a period of time that people who are usually together spend apart
    separation from:

    a baby’s response to separation from its mother

    1. a.
      a decision by a husband and wife not to live together

      They decided on a trial separation.

      the effects on children of separation and divorce

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the act of separating two or more things, or the fact that they are separated
    separation of:

    the separation of the milk and cream

    separation from:

    Quebec wanted some form of separation from the rest of Canada.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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