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 (sĕv′ər-əl, sĕv′rəl)
1. Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
2. Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
3. Law Regarded as separate, especially with regard to tort liability or legal obligation, such that each individual involved is fully responsible for the liability or obligation.
4. Archaic Single; distinct: "Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times" (Laurence Sterne).
pron. (used with a pl. verb)
An indefinite but small number; some or a few: Several of the workers went home sick.

[Middle English, separate, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis, from Latin sēpar, from sēparāre, to separate; see separate.]

sev′er·al·ly adv.


1. separately, individually, or distinctly
2. each in turn; respectively


(ˈsɛv ər ə li, ˈsɛv rə-)

1. separately; singly.
2. respectively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.severally - apart from others; "the clothes were hung severally"
2.severally - apart from others; "taken individually, the rooms were, in fact, square"; "the fine points are treated singly"
3.severally - in the order given; "the brothers were called Felix and Max, respectively"




[ˈsɛvrəlɪ] adv (liter) → separatamente, individualmente
References in classic literature ?
Carr and his daughters, simultaneously removed their various and remarkable head coverings, and waited until Fairfax advanced and severally presented them.
The two characters which opened the comedy of The Rivals, "Fag" and "The Coachman," appeared on the scene -- looked many sizes too tall for their canvas background, which represented a "Street in Bath" -- exhibited the customary inability to manage their own arms, legs, and voices -- went out severally at the wrong exits -- and expressed their perfect approval of results, so far, by laughing heartily behind the scenes.
They were severally examined and appraised by old Joe, who chalked the sums he was disposed to give for each, upon the wall, and added them up into a total when he found there was nothing more to come.
As we severally pushed away our plates, he noiselessly removed them, and set on the cheese.
They would have run away severally had they dared; but fear kept them together, and kept them close by John, as if his daring helped them.
They gathered in crowds about the blood, and I considered how I might question them severally.
As we said before, by ten o'clock almost all the guests had dispersed; those who were to fly with the court had the word of command and they were each severally desired to be from twelve o'clock to one at Cours la Reine.
Therefore, let each chief give orders to his own people, setting them severally in array and leading them forth to battle.
The doctor and Black Sam severally found their way back to the Manhattoes, each having some dreadful tale of peril to relate.
Accordingly, on the 22d of March, they all set off, to the number of seventeen men, in two canoes - and here we cannot but pause to notice the hardihood of these several expeditions, so insignificant in point of force, and severally destined to traverse immense wildernesses where larger parties had experienced so much danger and distress.
Secondly, let them be prest, and ready to give aids and succors, to their confederates; as it ever was with the Romans; insomuch, as if the confederate had leagues defensive, with divers other states, and, upon invasion offered, did implore their aids severally, yet the Romans would ever be the foremost, and leave it to none other to have the honor.
While the old lady had been speaking Tess and the other maid, in obedience to her gestures, had placed the fowls severally in her lap, and she had felt them over from head to tail, examining their beaks, their combs, the manes of the cocks, their winds, and their claws.