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[dih-zol-vuh nt] /dɪˈzɒl vənt/
capable of dissolving another substance.
a solvent.
Origin of dissolvent
First recorded in 1640-50, dissolvent is from the Latin word dissolvent- (stem of dissolvēns, present participle of dissolvere). See dis-1, solvent Unabridged
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  • Let us trace the disastrous effects of these three dissolvent forces.

  • There are organizations which it affects like a dissolvent, there are others which it affects like wine.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • He intended it for a dissolvent of calx of gold; but the truth is, Sir Kenelm was an arrant mountebank.

  • If dissolvent ideas do make their way, it is because the society was already ripe for dissolution.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • Equality, as a phrase, having done duty as a dissolvent, was pressed into service as a constructor.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • The dissolvent and destructive aspect of science is not less important.

  • To him it was a dissolvent of greater or less activity, according to the nature of the individual in whom it worked.

  • The flesh is white, delicate, partly translucent, easy for our stomachs to digest and no less suited to the grub's dissolvent.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The stomach has a dissolvent that causes hunger, and puts man in mind of his want of food.

    The Existence of God Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
  • The dream was agonizing as he tried one dissolvent after another without success.

British Dictionary definitions for dissolvent


a rare word for solvent (sense 3)
able to dissolve
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