- a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.
- the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
- a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
- the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose: She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
- the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts.
- the resulting state.
- Optics. the act, process, or capability of distinguishing between two separate but adjacent objects or sources of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths.Compare resolving power.
- a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.
- the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance.
- the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
- reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
- Medicine/Medical. the reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration.
- the degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear inch in a hard-copy printout or the number of pixels across and down on a display screen.
Origin of resolution
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Examples from the Web for resolution
To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
Only two senators opposed the resolution, which the administration later claimed was the authority for a full-scale war.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
In 2004, for example, Scalise voted “no” on a resolution to make Martin Luther King Jr.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
Binding the resolution of my case to progress in the nuclear negotiations is profoundly unjust.
Waiting more than three years for a resolution is far too long.
Miss Milbrey wondered somewhat; but her mind was easy, for her resolution had been taken.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Mr. Disraeli offered a resolution of dissatisfaction in the House of Commons.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
If this resolution be adhered to, then will my father never see me more!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
With a firm and unanimous voice the resolution to follow him was adopted.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I am not so much surprised that he formed the resolution the night before.Weighed and Wanting
- the act or an instance of resolving
- the condition or quality of being resolute; firmness or determination
- something resolved or determined; decision
- a formal expression of opinion by a meeting, esp one agreed by a vote
- a judicial decision on some matter; verdict; judgment
- the act or process of separating something into its constituent parts or elements
- return from a pathological to a normal condition
- subsidence of the symptoms of a disease, esp the disappearance of inflammation without the formation of pus
- music the process in harmony whereby a dissonant note or chord is followed by a consonant one
- the ability of a television or film image to reproduce fine detail
- physics another word for resolving power
Word Origin and History for resolution
late 14c., "a breaking into parts," from Old French resolution (14c.) or directly from Latin resolutionem (nominative resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from past participle stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve). Sense of "a solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, as is that of "power of holding firmly" (cf. resolute). Sense of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600. Meaning "effect of an optical instrument" is from 1860.
- The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.
- The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.
- The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.