Etymology
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breakaway

also break-away, 1906 (n.), in reference to sports; 1930s (adj.) in reference to splinter groups; from the verbal phrase (attested from 1530s in the sense "disengage oneself abruptly, escape"); see break (v.) + away (adv.).

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Definitions of breakaway
1
breakaway (n.)
the act of breaking away or withdrawing from;
there was a breakaway by the discontented members
Synonyms: breaking away
2
breakaway (adj.)
having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude;
a breakaway faction
Synonyms: fissiparous / separatist
From wordnet.princeton.edu