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[rez-uh-loo-shuh n] /ˌrɛz əˈlu ʃən/
a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
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.
  1. the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance.
  2. 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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin resolūtiōn- (stem of resolūtiō), equivalent to resolūt(us) resolute + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonresolution, noun
preresolution, noun
4. resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity; strength, fortitude. Unabridged
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  • In the act, Aldred's resolution failed her; she stopped again, and was silent.

    A Fourth Form Friendship Angela Brazil
  • That resolution made there was little else left to be determined.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He knew how Jenny would read the resolution, and Jenny had been his idol.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • They agreed upon this, and in a mood of faith and resolution fell asleep.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • I am more confirmed in that resolution the more I know of him.

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
British Dictionary definitions for resolution


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
  1. return from a pathological to a normal condition
  2. 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
Derived Forms
resolutioner, resolutionist, noun
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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resolution in Medicine

resolution res·o·lu·tion (rěz'ə-lōō'shən)

  1. The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.

  2. The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.

  3. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.

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