From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
2. (Law) The act of dividing; the singling or severing of two or more that join, or are joined, in one writ; the putting in several or separate pleas or answers by two or more disjointly; the destruction of the unity of interest in a joint estate. --Bouvier.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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