[ dis-uh-loot ]
/ ˈdɪs əˌlut /


indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated.

Origin of dissolute

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissolūtus (past participle of dissolvere to dissolve). See dis-1, solute
Related formsdis·so·lute·ly, adverbdis·so·lute·ness, nounun·dis·so·lute, adjective
Can be confuseddesolate dissolute (see synonym study at desolate)
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British Dictionary definitions for dissolute


/ (ˈdɪsəˌluːt) /


given to dissipation; debauched
Derived Formsdissolutely, adverbdissoluteness, noun

Word Origin for dissolute

C14: from Latin dissolūtus loose, from dissolvere to dissolve
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Word Origin and History for dissolute



late 14c., "loose, negligent, morally or religiously lax," from Latin dissolutus "loose, disconnected," past participle of dissolvere "loosen up" (see dissolve). A figurative use of the classical Latin word. Related: Dissolutely; dissoluteness.

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