[ dis-uh-loo-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈlu ʃən /
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Origin of dissolution

1350–1400; Middle English dissolucioun (<Anglo-French ) <Latin dissolūtiōn- (stem of dissolūtiō). See dis-1, solution

OTHER WORDS FROM dissolution

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What does dissolution mean?

Dissolution generally refers to the process of dissolving or breaking apart.

Dissolution is the noun form of the verb dissolve, which most commonly means to mix into and melt within a liquid but has several other meanings, including to break apart. Dissolution also has several other meanings, including specific ones in contexts such as chemistry, law, and law.

When it refers to the process of breaking apart, dissolution commonly applies to things like formal relationships (such as marriage) and organizations (such as a parliament).

Example: The dissolution of the company left many people out of work.

Where does dissolution come from?

The first records of dissolution come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb solvere, meaning “to loosen” or “to release.”

When you pour salt in water, it dissolves, forming a solution—a uniform mixture of a solid and a liquid. In chemistry, the process by which this happens is called dissolution. It might seem like dissolution would be the opposite of solution, but in this case the prefix dis- is used to mean “apart,” emphasizing the idea that a solution is formed when the elements of something (salt) come apart to be fully mixed with something else (water).

In formal legal terms, a divorce is sometimes referred to as a dissolution of marriage. It legally dissolves (breaks apart) the marriage, making it so that two people involved are no longer legally married. Dissolution is also used in the context of companies that go out of business and have their assets dissolved (sold off to pay debts). In terms of government, dissolution happens when a head of state dissolves the existing parliament, requiring a new election.

Dissolution doesn’t always have to be official. It can be used in a general way to refer to destruction or disintegration or the process of ending, undoing, or breaking up. Less commonly, it can even mean “death.”

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What are some other forms related to dissolution?

  • dissolve (verb)
  • dissolutive (adjective)

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How is dissolution used in real life?

Dissolution can be used generally, but it is most often used in technical contexts, especially chemistry, law, and business.



Try using dissolution!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of dissolution

A. dispersal
B. disintegration
C. addition
D. fragmentation

How to use dissolution in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dissolution

/ (ˌdɪsəˈluːʃən) /

the resolution or separation into component parts; disintegration
destruction by breaking up and dispersing
the termination of a meeting or assembly, such as Parliament
the termination of a formal or legal relationship, such as a business enterprise, marriage, etc
the state of being dissolute; dissipation
the act or process of dissolving

Derived forms of dissolution

dissolutive, adjective
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Scientific definitions for dissolution

[ dĭs′ə-lōōshən ]

The dissolving of a material in a liquid.
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