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

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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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web When asked Monday about how dissolution of the deal impacts product development, Thibodeau said Ford has no additional information to provide. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A deal called 'pivotal' by Ford in 2019 goes kaput, adding twist to financials," 4 Jan. 2021 Curreri’s appeal, for me, had always lived in his brazen standoffs with limitation, failure, and dissolution. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Music Writing," 10 Dec. 2020 Becerra has taken a hands-off position on the dissolution, thus far. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: At a top hospital, Catholic restrictions on women’s healthcare are growing worse," 2 Nov. 2020 Demonstrators are calling for democracy and reform of the monarchy, including a new constitution, the dissolution of parliament and resignation of the Prime Minister, a former army general who seized power in a 2014 coup. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 2: Election, Covid-19, US protests, Thailand, Poland," 2 Nov. 2020 In 1976, after Mrs. Thatcher’s Tudor-style dissolution of the grammar schools, Eric James, a former headmaster, gave an eloquent and moving speech in the House of Lords defending the old order of education that was being vandalized before his eyes. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "How Britain Imported the American High School," 17 Nov. 2020 The electronic-leaning outfit formed in 1980 after the dissolution of Joy Division, and has logged six titles on the Billboard Hot 100, and nine albums on the Billboard 200. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "New Order’s Bernard Sumner Is Recovering From COVID-19," 16 Nov. 2020 Modern conflict over the 1,700-square-mile area—which Armenians refer to as Artsakh—dates back to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Scholars, Cultural Institutions Are Calling to Protect Armenian Heritage," 24 Nov. 2020 Marshall filed its certificate of dissolution on or about Oct. 26, 2018. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Councilman Jeff Pastor allegations: 5 highlights from the federal indictment," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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“Dissolution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissolution. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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 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

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