severability clause
severability clause n: a clause (as in a contract) which states that provisions are severable; esp: a clause in a statute that makes the statute's parts or provisions severable so that one part can be invalidated without invalidating the whole – called also separability clause;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

severability clause
A provision in a contract that preserves the rest of the contract if a portion of it is invalidated by a court. Without a severability clause, a decision by the court finding one part of the contract unenforceable would invalidate the entire document.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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