Definition of dissolution in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈluːʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of formally ending or dismissing an assembly, partnership, or official body: the dissolution of their marriage [count noun]: the Prime Minister asked the queen for a dissolution of Parliament
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  • She cites a number of them - partnership dissolutions, divorce custody, disputes over family businesses and inheritances, supplier-client relationship breakdowns, and even feuding neighbours.
  • In the majority of cases, however, I was unable to establish formal dissolutions.
  • Henry VIII's pursuit of marriage dissolutions ended with rather more permanent and momentous arrangements than such modern-day quests: England rejected Rome, and wives literally lost their heads.
cessation, conclusion, end, ending, finish, termination, break-up, split-up, winding up/down, discontinuation, suspension;
disbandment, disbanding, disestablishment, disunion, separation, dispersal, scattering;
prorogation, recess
1.1 technical The action or process of dissolving or being dissolved: minerals susceptible to dissolution
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  • High porosites are also found in some limestones and other carbonate rocks in which pores created by depositional processes or fracturing have been enlarged by dissolution of carbonate minerals.
  • The dissolution of calcium carbonate provides only temporary storage of carbon dioxide.
  • It is postulated that the lowered pH microenvironment in the guts of organisms may accelerate mineral dissolution and precipitation processes during ingestion.
dissolving, liquefaction, melting, deliquescence;
breaking up, separation, resolution, decomposition, disintegration
1.2Disintegration; decomposition: the dissolution of the flesh
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  • Rhabdomyolysis, which literally means striated muscle dissolution or disintegration, is a potentially lethal clinical and biochemical syndrome.
  • The second is a flowing, serpentine face coiled around the unutterable disgrace of national decomposition and dissolution.
  • These findings may be due to the video and text not adequately differentiating the topics of disintegration and dissolution.
disintegration, breaking up, fragmenting;
decay, collapse, death, demise, extinction;
destruction, ruin, overthrow
1.3 archaic Death.
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  • A psychoanalytic reading suggests that horror movies play on our individual nightmares, and specifically our fear of death and dissolution, which Freud called unheimlich or uncanny.
  • The other has led a child-free life based in the back of the wardrobe, waiting on the substitute's bench in case of death, dissolution or disappearance of the main player.
  • This entire globe, this star, not being subject to death, and dissolution and annihilation being impossible anywhere in Nature, from time to time renews itself by changing and altering all its parts.
2Debauched living; dissipation: an advanced state of dissolution
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  • Luxury and lavish living were seen as the causes, moral decay and dissolution as the consequences.
  • I suspect this match will not be the best advertisement for it - the pitch is the kind that'll drive the bowlers to drink and dissolution.
  • What could be done to increase the appeal of reading and to decrease the appeal of drink and dissolution?


Late Middle English: from Latin dissolutio(n-), from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).

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