[dis-uh-loo-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements.
  2. the resulting state.
  3. the undoing or breaking of a bond, tie, union, partnership, etc.
  4. the breaking up of an assembly or organization; dismissal; dispersal.
  5. Government. an order issued by the head of a state terminating a parliament and necessitating a new election.
  6. death; decease.
  7. a bringing or coming to an end; disintegration; decay; termination.
  8. legal termination, especially of business activity, with the final distribution of assets, the fixing of liabilities, etc.
  9. Chemistry. the process by which a solid, gas, or liquid is dispersed homogeneously in a gas, solid, or, especially, a liquid.

Origin of dissolution

1350–1400; Middle English dissolucioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissolūtiōn- (stem of dissolūtiō). See dis-1, solution
Related formsdis·so·lu·tive, adverbnon·dis·so·lu·tion, nounpre·dis·so·lu·tion, nounpro·dis·so·lu·tion, adjectivere·dis·so·lu·tion, nounself-dis·so·lu·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of dissolution

  • They may have been removed there from the abbey for safety at the time of the dissolution.

  • After the dissolution of the University of Wittenberg his father was transferred to Halle in 1815.

  • And democracy has her own good, of which the insatiable desire brings her to dissolution?

  • He stood for Ayrshire, turning back from York when the dissolution was announced.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • Northumberland and Holland were alone in wishing to avert a dissolution.

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for dissolution


  1. the resolution or separation into component parts; disintegration
  2. destruction by breaking up and dispersing
  3. the termination of a meeting or assembly, such as Parliament
  4. the termination of a formal or legal relationship, such as a business enterprise, marriage, etc
  5. the state of being dissolute; dissipation
  6. the act or process of dissolving
Derived Formsdissolutive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dissolution

late 14c., "separation into parts," also "frivolity, moral laxness, dissolute living," from Old French dissolution (12c.) and directly from Latin dissolutionem (nominative dissolutio) "a dissolving, destroying, interruption, dissolution," noun of action from past participle stem of dissolvere (see dissolve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dissolution in Science


  1. The dissolving of a material in a liquid.
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