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separable controversy n
: a separate and independent claim or cause of action that by itself is removable to the federal courts even though it is joined with others that are not removable NOTE: If a case involves a separable controversy, the entire case may be removed and determined as a whole, or the court may remand those matters that were not removable and determine the rest.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.