dis·​so·​lu·​tion | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dissolution (audio) \

Definition of dissolution

1 : the act or process of dissolving: such as
a : separation into component parts
(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

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

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 1947, 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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web The new parliament has 63 non-white members, up from 52 at dissolution; 220 women, an increase of nine; and 50 who are openly LGBTQ, three more than last time. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "The UK’s new parliament is its most diverse ever," 17 Dec. 2019 The co-founders left the company before its dissolution. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Music storage startup Murfie shut down and customers have to pay to get their CDs back," 19 Dec. 2019 Cyrus was spotted kissing Carter during an Italian vacation, following the dissolution of Jenner and Carter's six-year relationship. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Miley Cyrus' ex Kaitlynn Carter pens powerful essay about sexuality, 'journey of self-discovery'," 4 Nov. 2019 Congress refused to accept its dissolution and voted to suspend Mr Vizcarra as president. The Economist, "Politics this week," 3 Oct. 2019 The enigmatic Khodorkovsky, benefitting from the chaos that followed the dissolution of the USSR, amassed a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alex Gibney Doc 'Citizen K' Sells to Greenwich Films, Will Get Oscar Push (Exclusive)," 30 Sep. 2019 Amir Ohana’s appointment on Wednesday came as Netanyahu heads an interim government following the dissolution of parliament last week. Washington Post, "Netanyahu taps Likud ally as Israel’s justice minister," 6 June 2019 To see the title character and his sidekick perpetually snorting cocaine, for instance, enhances the sense of dissolution that pervades Falls’ view of the opera. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric Opera review: A ‘Don Giovanni’ for the #MeToo era — who is far more monster than charmer," 15 Nov. 2019 Judge Saliann Scarpulla also signed off on agreement to the shut down the Trump Foundation and began the process of dissolution last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Judge orders Trump to pay $2 million to charities over misuse of foundation for personal and political gain," 7 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dissolution.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dissolution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dissolution

see dissolute

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dissolution

Time Traveler for dissolution

Time Traveler

The first known use of dissolution was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for dissolution

Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dissolution.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissolution. Accessed 26 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dissolution


How to pronounce dissolution (audio)

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 How to pronounce dissolution (audio) \

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


dis·​so·​lu·​tion | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dissolution (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on dissolution

What made you want to look up dissolution? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express in a more acceptable way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!