dissolution

noun
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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The Election Commission will announce the date of the election within 10 days of receiving official notice on the dissolution of the legislature, said Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah. Bloomberg.com, "Najib Calls Malaysia Vote With Party's 60-Year Rule at Stake," 17 Apr. 2018 Moscow inherited the bulk of the submarine fleet after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, but poor economic times meant many of the ships were scrapped or abandoned. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Subs Are on Patrol Like It's the Cold War All Over Again," 3 Apr. 2017 The transition would have included the suspension of the constitution, the termination of the current presidential term and the dissolution of parliament, which is packed with el-Sissi supporters. Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Egypt's opposition calls for release of ex-diplomat," 27 Aug. 2018 The lawsuit against Trump and the foundation directors — his children Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka — seeks $2.8 million in restitution, additional unspecified penalties and the dissolution of the foundation, which Trump had already pledged to dismantle. Washington Post, "Trump accused in lawsuit of misusing charitable foundation," 14 June 2018 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

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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 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

dissolution

noun
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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