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dissolute

[ dis-uh-loot ]
/ ˈdɪs əˌlut /
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adjective
indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.
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Origin of dissolute

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Latin dissolūtus (past participle of dissolvere “to dissolve”); see dis-1, solute

OTHER WORDS FROM dissolute

dis·so·lute·ly, adverbdis·so·lute·ness, nounun·dis·so·lute, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dissolute

desolate, dissolute
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British Dictionary definitions for dissolute

dissolute
/ (ˈdɪsəˌluːt) /

adjective
given to dissipation; debauched

Derived forms of dissolute

dissolutely, adverbdissoluteness, noun

Word Origin for dissolute

C14: from Latin dissolūtus loose, from dissolvere to dissolve
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