Origin of resolution

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin resolūtiōn- (stem of resolūtiō), equivalent to resolūt(us) resolute + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·res·o·lu·tion, nounpre·res·o·lu·tion, noun

Synonyms for resolution Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act or an instance of resolving
the condition or quality of being resolute; firmness or determination
something resolved or determined; decision
a formal expression of opinion by a meeting, esp one agreed by a vote
a judicial decision on some matter; verdict; judgment
the act or process of separating something into its constituent parts or elements
  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
music the process in harmony whereby a dissonant note or chord is followed by a consonant one
the ability of a television or film image to reproduce fine detail
physics another word for resolving power
Derived Formsresolutioner or resolutionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for resolution

late 14c., "a breaking into parts," from Old French resolution (14c.) or directly from Latin resolutionem (nominative resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from past participle stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve). Sense of "a solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, as is that of "power of holding firmly" (cf. resolute). Sense of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600. Meaning "effect of an optical instrument" is from 1860.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

resolution in Medicine




The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.
The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.
The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.
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