dis·​ser·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio) \

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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Other Words from dissertation

dissertational \ ˌdi-​sər-​ˈtāsh-​nəl How to pronounce dissertational (audio) , -​ˈtā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.
Recent Examples on the Web David Pérez Esparza, now a top official in the country’s Public Security Ministry, became a member of the National Rifle Association to better understand the organization while writing his dissertation on arms trafficking. Washington Post, "The sniper rifles flowing to Mexican cartels show a decade of U.S. failure," 19 Nov. 2020 In 2009, computer scientist Craig Gentry developed the first FHE scheme as part of his doctoral dissertation. Dario Gil, Scientific American, "How to Preserve the Privacy of Your Genomic Data," 9 Nov. 2020 Over time, studies uncovered layer upon layer of flaws in Christy’s analysis, with his old dissertation advisor, Trenberth, chief among his early critics. al, "When Trump’s EPA needed a climate scientist, they called on Alabama’s John Christy," 2 Nov. 2020 So the whole family, which now also included a toddler son, packed up and moved — and Fair finished his dissertation abroad. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "A MacArthur ‘genius’ will likely use his grant to support his wife’s work — in the name of science," 29 Oct. 2020 In 1975, after submitting his dissertation on the transition, in about the year 400 A.D., between two cultures that had inhabited the lower Illinois River, he was hired to teach at the University of New Mexico. Ben Ehrenreich, New York Times, "How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?," 4 Nov. 2020 The book is structured like a dissertation, though a hair shorter than most. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Groundbreaking New History of Gay Sex and Capitalism," 2 Nov. 2020 When Christy embarked on a doctoral dissertation on the redistribution of atmospheric mass associated with extreme events, Trenberth became Christy’s Ph.D. adviser. al, "When Trump’s EPA needed a climate scientist, they called on Alabama’s John Christy," 2 Nov. 2020 As anyone who has been masochistic enough to write a dissertation will know, social scientists-in-training spend much of their days leafing through volumes in search of inspiration. Brett Rosenberg, The New Republic, "The Small, Midwestern Town Taken Over by Fake Communists," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissertation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissertation. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissertation

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

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