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[ rez-uh-loo-shuhn ]


  1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.
  2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
  3. 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.

  4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose:

    She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.

    Synonyms: fortitude, strength, tenacity, perseverance, determination, resolve

  5. the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts.
  6. the resulting state.
  7. 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.
  8. a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.
  9. Music.
    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.
  10. reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
  11. Medicine/Medical. the reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration.
  12. 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.


/ ˌrɛzəˈluːʃən /


  1. the act or an instance of resolving
  2. the condition or quality of being resolute; firmness or determination
  3. something resolved or determined; decision
  4. a formal expression of opinion by a meeting, esp one agreed by a vote
  5. a judicial decision on some matter; verdict; judgment
  6. the act or process of separating something into its constituent parts or elements
  7. med
    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
  8. music the process in harmony whereby a dissonant note or chord is followed by a consonant one
  9. the ability of a television or film image to reproduce fine detail
  10. physics another word for resolving power

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Derived Forms

  • ˌresoˈlutioner, noun

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Other Words From

  • nonres·o·lution noun
  • preres·o·lution noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of resolution1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin resolūtiōn-, stem of resolūtiō “looseness, a release” equivalent to resolute + -ion

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Example Sentences

The statement listed several co-sponsors for the resolution, including Sens.

PNG is often used for logos as it gives you the ability to create a small image with a high-quality resolution.

This means finding a printer that accepts photo paper of varying sizes and prints with a resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 pixels.

Casual readers, eager to learn the resolution of Katz’s and Stephen’s saga, may find themselves racing through these sections, but it’s here that Glaser proves herself as a relentless researcher.

The fully partisan vote was earlier in the day to advance the resolution.

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To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.

Only two senators opposed the resolution, which the administration later claimed was the authority for a full-scale war.

In 2004, for example, Scalise voted “no” on a resolution to make Martin Luther King Jr.

I want to bring this to your kind attention with the hope that you will help me secure an unbiased resolution.

Binding the resolution of my case to progress in the nuclear negotiations is profoundly unjust.

But Ulm was only the commencement of the campaign, and even after Austerlitz Napoleon pursued the enemy with grim resolution.

During resolution the sputum assumes the appearance of that of chronic bronchitis.

Again, he put off his resolution: but still the impulse suggested to him, Go to London; and at length he did so.

In pursuance of his generous resolution, he communicated his designs to Allcraft.

When he had finished speaking, he commanded him to withdraw for an hour; after which time, he would tell him his resolution.