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

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

dissolutive, adverb
nondissolution, noun
predissolution, noun
prodissolution, adjective
redissolution, noun
self-dissolution, noun
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dissolution (ˌdɪsəˈluːʃən)
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

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c.1400, "separation into parts," also "dissolute living," from L. dissolutionem, noun of action from dissolvere (see dissolve).
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dissolution   (dĭs'ə-l'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The dissolving of a material in a liquid.
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Example sentences
Above all, they say that the dissolution would represent an intellectual loss
  for the university.
Together they work as a powerful detergent and another dissolution retardant.
The shrine of this saint was plundered at the dissolution of monasteries.
They opted instead for legal dissolution.
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