Understanding Contract Terms (post 3): Severability

In just about every contract you’ll come across, you’ll see the term severability somewhere in the last few paragraphs of the contract. It’s one of those ‘boiler plate’ clauses that most people glance right over when they’re reviewing a contract. However, the effects of this clause are worth reviewing and understanding. In today’s post, the third in our series on understanding contract terms, we explore the definition of severability, and how it may affect your business.

Webster’s Dictionary defines severability as “capable of being divided into legally independent rights or obligations.” Finally, we have a Webster’s definition we can work with. At the root of the definition is the idea of dividing something into parts.

In contract terms, this clause refers to...

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