dissolution

noun
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
(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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Wixen and Spotify announced the dissolution of the lawsuit in a statement. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify and Wixen settle the music publishing company’s $1.6 billion lawsuit," 20 Dec. 2018 All laws, cabinet appointments and dissolution of parliament for general elections require his assent. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 And at this point, VR and AR are two of the last major technologies that haven’t faced a huge scandal involving genocide, mass surveillance, election tampering, or the wholesale dissolution of truth. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 2018 Upon the dissolution of the USSR, Russia picked up the treaty and pledged to carry on with it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Killing the INF Treaty Could Spur New Generation of Missiles," 23 Oct. 2018 According to executives from two teams, this year’s event was planned quickly after the dissolution of the EuroCamp. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls address decision to skip NBA Global Camp," 7 June 2018 At that point, Odebrecht had become engulfed in Brazil's Operation Carwash corruption investigation, making cooperation with authorities arguably its only option to avoid dissolution. Fox News, "Odebrecht, nucleus of mega-graft scandal, tries to go clean," 13 May 2018 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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dissolution

formal
: the act of officially ending a marriage, organization, agreement, etc.
: the process of making something slowly end or disappear

dissolution

noun
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

dissolution

noun
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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