severable contract
n.
A contract that contains two or more independent parts, one or more of which can potentially be breached without invalidating the entire contract.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


severable contract
A contract which is comprised of several separate contracts such that the breach of one does not necessarily mean the breach of the remainder — for example, a sales agreement for several pieces of equipment each with its own payment schedules.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

severable contract
n.
   an agreement which is made up of several separate contracts between the same parties, such as series of sales, shipments or different pieces of equipment. Therefore, breach of one of the separate (severable) contracts is not a breach of the remainder of the overall contract and is not an excuse for the other party to refuse to honor any divisable part of the contract which has not been breached. Example: Whitley Widget Company has contracted with Hardy Hardware to deliver a dozen wall heaters, one ton of nails, 100 rolls of linoleum and a truckload of roof tiles, with a price set for each type of product. Whitley no longer produces nails and cannot deliver them, but the other parts of the contract remain in force between Whitley and Hardy.
   See also: breach of contract, contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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