Definition of dissolution in English:



  • 1The action of formally ending or dismissing an assembly, partnership, or official body.

    ‘the dissolution of their marriage’
    [count noun] ‘the Prime Minister asked the queen for a dissolution of Parliament’
    • ‘It's been lost, of course, in all the wanderings and dissolutions, which is sad.’
    • ‘The fight for the dissolution of repressive bodies and the release of political prisoners was forever linked with the demand for recognition of Basque sovereignty.’
    • ‘She cites a number of them - partnership dissolutions, divorce custody, disputes over family businesses and inheritances, supplier-client relationship breakdowns, and even feuding neighbours.’
    • ‘The dissolution of the Communist secret police, then, was realized on the basis of old Communist laws.’
    • ‘The opposition Congress Party won only 51 seats, two less than in 1998 and 12 less than its numbers prior to the assembly's dissolution in July.’
    • ‘In the majority of cases, however, I was unable to establish formal dissolutions.’
    • ‘By 1825, through a series of foundings, dissolutions, and amalgamations, there were two significant conspiratorial societies, the Southern and the Northern.’
    • ‘This is evident in the number of double dissolutions - though the futility of these has meant that after having had four between 1974 and 1987, there have not been any since.’
    • ‘The Family Law Act of 1970 eliminated fault in California divorces, and it also eliminated many of the private investigators that had made careers out of finding ‘fault’ in marital dissolutions.’
    • ‘The city suffered economically from the dissolutions at the Reformation, but revived modestly through silk-weaving introduced by Walloon refugees, and later as a social centre for gentry and clergy.’
    • ‘The number had declined to 3,466 farmer cooperatives by 1999 due to dissolutions, mergers, consolidations and acquisitions.’
    • ‘The number of cooperatives dropped to 3,229, down from 3,346 in 2000, a result of mergers, consolidations, acquisitions and dissolutions.’
    • ‘Henry VIII's pursuit of marriage dissolutions ended with rather more permanent and momentous arrangements than such modern-day quests: England rejected Rome, and wives literally lost their heads.’
    • ‘Further military credits were now refused, and angry dissolutions and new elections ordered by the government in December 1861 and May 1862 only served to reinforce the opposition.’
    • ‘Similar levies made in the aftermath of the controversial dissolutions of 1614 and 1622 produced lay contributions of £53,123 and £72,740 respectively, despite some vehement objections.’
    • ‘The data used in our study permit identification of business dissolutions or closures, but contain no information pertaining to the reason for a business' dissolution.’
    • ‘While the dissolution of aristocratic corporate bodies may be a cost to society, in that bulwarks against despotism are eroded, Tocqueville believes that on balance the individual gains.’
    • ‘German business dissolutions, in which solvent companies simply shut down, soared 9% in the first half of 2005.’
    • ‘Once upon a time Monarchs regularly refused dissolutions as they tried to cobble together the best available Government from the volatile politics of the time.’
    • ‘There were double dissolutions in 1914, 1951, 1974, 1975, 1983, and 1987, with only one joint sitting following the 1974 election.’
    cessation, conclusion, end, ending, finish, termination, break-up, split-up, winding down, winding up, discontinuation, suspension
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    1. 1.1technical The action or process of dissolving or being dissolved.
      ‘minerals susceptible to dissolution’
      • ‘High porosites are also found in some limestones and other carbonate rocks in which pores created by depositional processes or fracturing have been enlarged by dissolution of carbonate minerals.’
      • ‘It is postulated that the lowered pH microenvironment in the guts of organisms may accelerate mineral dissolution and precipitation processes during ingestion.’
      • ‘The formation of a solution of the salt in the water by this process is called dissolution.’
      • ‘For example, there may have been some as-yet-unknown condition that made the rates of dissolution of calcium carbonate shells in glacial ages and now different.’
      • ‘The dissolution of calcium carbonate provides only temporary storage of carbon dioxide.’
      dissolving, liquefaction, melting, deliquescence
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    2. 1.2Disintegration; decomposition.
      ‘the dissolution of the flesh’
      • ‘The second is a flowing, serpentine face coiled around the unutterable disgrace of national decomposition and dissolution.’
      • ‘Rhabdomyolysis, which literally means striated muscle dissolution or disintegration, is a potentially lethal clinical and biochemical syndrome.’
      • ‘Rocks in intermediate-burial settings experience chemical compaction as well as subsurface cementation and dissolution.’
      • ‘God's own image in us is liable to complete dissolution under death's sway.’
      • ‘The key to understanding the mechanism lies in the analysis of the geological and hydrological framework of the basin, coupled with the timing of evaporite dissolution.’
      • ‘Other tests are performed to evaluate the degree of clot dissolution by the fibrinolytic system.’
      • ‘These findings may be due to the video and text not adequately differentiating the topics of disintegration and dissolution.’
      • ‘The evolution and eventual dissolution of galaxy clusters may be largely driven by collisions.’
      • ‘They are not, that is to say, words for entities which could significantly be said to survive the deaths and dissolutions of those flesh and blood persons whose minds or souls they were.’
      • ‘This is due to the rapid dissolution of evaporites.’
      • ‘So how in the world are you going to be able to tell if the supplement you are considering does all this dissolution and disintegration stuff?’
      • ‘One of the purposes of Chi work is said to be to retard dissolution after death.’
      • ‘A cedar shingle wall is beautiful from the start of its life all the way through to final dissolution.’
      • ‘This abundance minimum is interpreted as primary, and not dependent on nannofossil dissolution in the water column or post-burial, and could be related to an inter-regional event.’
      • ‘Biovermiculation is limestone erosion and dissolution caused by bacteria over time in the form of pitting and etching.’
      • ‘But the destruction, or perhaps dissolution of the Iraqi army, led to a growing disinterest in the specifics of tactical activities.’
      • ‘He discusses in detail the Hindu concept of cycle of evolution and dissolution and re-evolution of universe.’
      disintegration, breaking up, fragmenting
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    3. 1.3archaic Death.
      • ‘He is the dissolution called death, the peace of motionless air.’
      • ‘This entire globe, this star, not being subject to death, and dissolution and annihilation being impossible anywhere in Nature, from time to time renews itself by changing and altering all its parts.’
      • ‘The other has led a child-free life based in the back of the wardrobe, waiting on the substitute's bench in case of death, dissolution or disappearance of the main player.’
      • ‘A psychoanalytic reading suggests that horror movies play on our individual nightmares, and specifically our fear of death and dissolution, which Freud called unheimlich or uncanny.’
      • ‘In Insight Meditation, once we have abandoned the luminous state of arising and passing, we open to a profound cycle of dissolution, death, and rebirth.’
  • 2Debauched living; dissipation.

    ‘an advanced state of dissolution’
    • ‘I suspect this match will not be the best advertisement for it - the pitch is the kind that'll drive the bowlers to drink and dissolution.’
    • ‘What could be done to increase the appeal of reading and to decrease the appeal of drink and dissolution?’
    • ‘Luxury and lavish living were seen as the causes, moral decay and dissolution as the consequences.’
    debauchery, decadence, dissoluteness, intemperance, immoderation, excess, profligacy, abandonment, self-indulgence, wildness
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Late Middle English: from Latin dissolutio(n-), from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).