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 The United States insisted on changes to the constitution to allow foreign ownership of land, which required the dissolution of Haiti’s legislature at gunpoint. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2022 Kazakhstan’s enormous reserves of oil, coal and precious metals offered the promise of a prosperous future for the nation following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 It’s the Ghost of Christmas Past: the echo of another yuletide, exactly thirty years ago, which saw the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Jan. 2022 Maybe this whole thing can be explained by the dissolution of the relationship between James and Raquel, a Depop listing for an original Jonas Brothers–tour T-shirt. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about the dissolution of the Soviet Union while trying to reform it. The Week Staff, The Week, 2 Oct. 2021 Like, for example, noir to me is a philosophy of disappointment, dissolution and existentialism. Brent Lang, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 The short, 17-day interval between the lower house dissolution and the vote that followed the LDP leadership race, which had dominated media coverage, unfairly gave Kishida's party an advantage over the opposition, some experts say. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Nor did the band’s dissolution have any singular trigger—any carpet. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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