Severability

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Severability'

A clause in a contract that allows for the terms of the contract to be independent of one another, so that if a term in the contract is deemed unenforceable by a court, the contract as a whole will not be deemed unenforceable. If there were no severability clause in a contract, a whole contract could be deemed unenforceable because of one unenforceable term.

Also known as a "severability clause" or a "savings clause".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Severability'

A contract with a severability clause is essentially one contract divided into many different parts: default on one component of the contract does not prevent the rest of the contract from being fulfilled. If a sentence, clause or term in a contract is deemed invalid by a court, then this problem area of the contract will most often be rewritten to fit both the contract's original intent and the requirements of the court.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Amendment

    1. A change to one of the terms of a contract. Any type of contract ...
  2. Default

    1. The failure to promptly pay interest or principal when due. ...
  3. Option

    A financial derivative that represents a contract sold by one ...
  4. Options Contract

    A contract that allows the holder to buy or sell an underlying ...
  5. Futures

    A financial contract obligating the buyer to purchase an asset ...
  6. Contractual Liability Insurance

    An insurance policy that protects against liabilities that the ...
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Options Basics Tutorial

    Discover the world of options, from primary concepts to how options work and why you might use them.
  2. Insurance

    Futures Fundamentals

    For those who are new to futures but want a solid understanding of them, this tutorial explains what futures contracts are, how they work and why investors use them.
  3. Options & Futures

    The Perks of Trading Coffee Options

    As more people begin to trade coffee, we explain how coffee options work, who uses them, what drives valuations, and the risks and rewards.
  4. Trading Strategies

    Top Day Trading Instruments

    Day trading is an intense and often appealing activity. Investopedia provides the list of top financial instruments for day trading.
  5. Options & Futures

    Avoid Future Shock By Protecting Your Portfolio With Futures

    Worried about protecting your portfolio of diversified stocks and assets? Using futures with correct strategies can help.
  6. Options & Futures

    Give Yourself More Options With Real Estate Options

    Real estate options have many benefits, including a smaller initial capital requirement.
  7. Options & Futures

    How to Use Commodity Futures to Hedge

    Both producers and consumers of commodities can use futures to hedge. We explain, using a few examples, how to achieve commodity hedging with futures.
  8. Options & Futures

    The Fancy Way To Diversify Your Portfolio: Precious Metal Options

    A guide with strategies on how to invest or trade in precious metals by using options.
  9. Options & Futures

    When And How To Take Profits On Options

    Here are the different criteria to ensure maximum profit taking while trading options.
  10. Brokers

    OptionsXpress Vs. OptionsHouse: Which One To Pick?

    OptionsXpress and OptionsBroker -- each offers a price mix and set of services suitable for certain investors based on their trade approach and priorities.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Fixed-Charge Coverage Ratio

    A ratio that indicates a firm's ability to satisfy fixed financing expenses, such as interest and leases. It is calculated ...
  2. Efficiency Ratio

    Ratios that are typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Efficiency Ratios ...
  3. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  4. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  5. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  6. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
Trading Center