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It'll be fine, that's nothing. It has a whole rest of the root network to support it.
if they were cut at the dripline, and only on one side, I suppose that means a good bit less than 1/4 of the roots have been cut. Assuming that the tree is between 16 and 22" in diameter four and a half feet above ground, your structural root radius (that you can't safety be cutting within) will be 8-9'. This is the root plate, which supports the tree. ...
Please send pictures but if only 1/4 of the roots were compromised I think this tree will survive. I'd water it, of course until it can recoup the roots lost. Perhaps purchase some mychorrhizae to help.
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