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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In a material like polystyrene, that dissolution is actually thousands of chemical bonds links breaking. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Polymer Will Self-Destruct in 3... 2...," 26 Aug. 2019 Doty’s court was final arbiter in NFL-NFLPA disputes up until the dissolution of the CBA in 2011. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 In other business Monday, the council may finalize the dissolution of the city’s Allied Arts Board in light of its pending public art master plan. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach looks to Monrovia for possible city manager," 2 Aug. 2019 For now, however, Iran seems on a pathway to step-by-step dissolution of key parts of the accord. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran breaches critical limit on nuclear fuel under 2015 deal," 1 July 2019 Though the pedestrian bridge was finished in 2011 (at a cost of $26.8 million), the vehicle crossing was tripped up by complications with the dissolution of the city’s redevelopment agency in 2012. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cars still can’t cross Park Boulevard near Petco Park. This $21M check should change that," 18 June 2019 Proposed legislation for such a law was filed shortly before the dissolution of the Knesset last month. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "No reason to further postpone Netanyahu pre-indictment hearing, attorney general says," 6 June 2019 The number of business dissolutions rose 10.4 percent in the second quarter compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Business growth continues to slow in Colorado," 9 Aug. 2019 The dissolution of the music mirrors the mind drifting away into sleep. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "The best music to help you fall asleep," 26 July 2019

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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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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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