dis·ser·ta·tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of dissertation 

: an extended usually written treatment of a subject specifically : one submitted for a doctorate wrote her dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet

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dissertational \-ˈtāsh-nəl, -ˈtā-shə-nᵊl \ adjective

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He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.

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King completed his academic requirements at BU in 1953 and began working on his doctoral dissertation. Meghan E. Irons, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. honed his command of the pulpit in Roxbury," 31 Mar. 2018 The hackers used stolen account credentials to access university professors' accounts and allegedly stole journals, dissertations and electronic books in science and technology, engineering, medical and other fields. Joseph Tanfani, latimes.com, "U.S. accuses Iran of long scheme to hack into U.S. universities, governments," 23 Mar. 2018 His official biography lists a Ph.D. completed with a dissertation on how to finance renewable-energy projects. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 Ashley Volion, 34, works part time at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and is currently working on her dissertation in disabilities studies. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Vulnerable Louisiana Medicaid recipients fear worst-case budget scenario," 9 May 2018 Her parents are models of achievement; her mother wrote her doctoral dissertation on infant malnutrition in rural Brazil, and her father is an economist who works on health policy in the developing world. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "How Leslie Jamison rejected the link between creativity and alcoholism," 5 July 2018 Francine Patterson was working on her doctoral dissertation on the linguistic capabilities of gorillas and in 1972 started to teach Koko sign language. Bloomberg.com, "Koko the Gorilla Used Smarts, Empathy to Help Change Views," 21 June 2018 Hindt most recently was accused of plagiarizing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Houston. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD board set to meet for first time after Lance Hindt announced retirement," 21 May 2018 Stadium food and beverage prices could be a dissertation at Harvard; $5.50 has, sadly, become an acceptable sum for a 16 oz. bottle of water. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "From the cheap seats: A thank you to fans who get the shaft," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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: a long piece of writing about a particular subject that is done to earn an advanced degree at a university

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