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 At this point, my friends had already started on their first chapters of their dissertations and mine was just not going anywhere. Anna Dubenko, New York Times, "I Quit Yale," 20 Jan. 2020 In recent months, Tsai has been falsely accused of everything from installing artwork bearing an enormous quote from Mao Zedong in her Presidential Office to faking her doctoral dissertation. Time, "Here's What's at Stake in Taiwan's Presidential Election," 6 Jan. 2020 Antonio Guajardo, who retired from the force in 2006 after 26 years, wrote his doctoral dissertation on the incorporation of Latino police officers in MPD. Colin Boyle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It took a legal fight, but bilingual Milwaukee cops now appreciated for communication role," 27 Nov. 2019 In 1995, Noel Ignatiev, a recent graduate of the doctoral program in history at Harvard, published his dissertation with Routledge, an academic press. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "Noel Ignatiev’s Long Fight Against “Whiteness”," 15 Nov. 2019 The following year, McLennan went back to England and wrote his dissertation. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019 Last fall, a PhD candidate at the University of Iceland produced a comic version of the abstract for his doctoral dissertation on a famous 13th century Icelandic saga. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Academic paper in comic form explores ethics of treating torturer with PTSD," 3 Jan. 2020 Sometime soon, there will be a class, book or dissertation parsing the era of late-period Clint Eastwood, his cinematic fixation in the latter half of the 2010s on ripped-from-the-headlines white male American exceptionalism. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Richard Jewell’ takes Eastwood’s libertarian ethos to questionable ends," 13 Dec. 2019 Columbia University accepted the book as a dissertation and awarded Dr. Smith a PhD in 1964 in the field of public law and government. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Jean Edward Smith, biographer who reassessed presidential reputations, dies at 86," 16 Sep. 2019

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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/dissertational?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=disser05. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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