dis·​so·​lu·​tion | \ˌdi-sə-ˈlü-shən \

Definition of dissolution 

1 : the act or process of dissolving: such as

a : separation into component parts

b(1) : decay, disintegration

(2) : death grew convinced of his friend's approaching dissolution— Elinor Wylie

c : termination or destruction by breaking down, disrupting, or dispersing the dissolution of the republic their marriage's dissolution

d : the dissolving of an assembly or organization the dissolution of the legislature

e chemistry : liquefaction the dissolution of ice

2 : a dissolute or indulgent act or practice

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Dissolution is the noun form of dissolve, but it's a much less common word. Still, we refer to the fact that the dissolution of American marriages became far more common in the later 20th century. Or that when India won its independence in 1948, the dissolution of the once-global British empire was all but complete. Or that factors such as crime and drugs might be contributing to the dissolution of contemporary society's moral fabric. A dissolute person is someone in whom all restraint has dissolved, and who now indulges in behavior that shocks decent people.

Examples of dissolution in a Sentence

the dissolution of the marriage the dissolution of old beliefs The treatment is used for the dissolution of kidney stones.
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Iranian women told Teen Vogue the dissolution of the Iran deal was a bad sign for U.S.-Iranian relations. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Threatened Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter," 23 July 2018 The centerpiece, of course, is Watergate—the conception of it, the planning, the execution, the cover-up, and, ultimately, the investigation, the unraveling, and the ultimate dissolution of the Nixon presidency. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "This Masterful 42-Year-Old Book Goes a Long Way in Explaining Politics Today," 19 Nov. 2018 And even with the dissolution of the relationship, public interest in the couple’s breakup is helping Grande sell music. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 Work on the system ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but there have been a number of calls to restart the program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s MiG-31 Spotted With Possible Anti-Satellite Missile," 1 Oct. 2018 On June 25, believing there was nothing left to do, Save the Downs filed papers of dissolution with the state. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dissolution of group in Bonsall may have been premature," 29 June 2018 The country will have to go to the polls within 60 days of dissolution. Bard Wilkinson And Marc Lourdes, CNN, "Elections beckon for Malaysia as PM Najib announces Parliament dissolution," 6 Apr. 2018 After the pioneering alternative rock band Sonic Youth announced its hiatus in 2011, Kim Gordon faced both the dissolution of her longtime creative and personal partnership with Thurston Moore and a breast cancer diagnosis. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Some say the mainstreaming of issues such as the dissolution of ICE and immigration reform is a welcome change, an answer to years of pleas for help. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I’ve never seen that before’: Activists marvel as calls for immigrant rights enter the mainstream," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of dissolution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dissolution

see dissolute

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English Language Learners Definition of dissolution

: the act of officially ending a marriage, organization, agreement, etc.

: the process of making something slowly end or disappear


dis·​so·​lu·​tion | \ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-shən \

Medical Definition of dissolution 

: the act or process of dissolving: as

a : separation into component parts

b : death sense 1 grew convinced of his friend's approaching dissolution— Elinor Wylie

c : liquefaction

d : solution sense 1a


dis·​so·​lu·​tion | \ˌdi-sə-ˈlü-shən \

Legal Definition of dissolution 

: the act or process of ending: as

a : the termination of an organized body (as a court)

b : the ending of a partnership relationship caused by the withdrawal of one of the partners from the relationship

c : the termination of a corporation

involuntary dissolution

: dissolution of a corporation by a court in response to a shareholder petition based on statutorily prescribed grounds

voluntary dissolution

: dissolution of a corporation upon the initiative of the directors and with approval of a certain percentage of the shareholders

d : the termination of an injunction or stay by court order

e : the termination of a marriage by divorce

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