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.
a decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution to do something. Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
the act determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.; the act of resolving.
firmness of purpose; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute: She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
the act or process of separating into constituent or elementary parts or resolving.
the resulting state.
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.
a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.
the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance.
the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
Medicine/Medical. the reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration.
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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin resolūtiōn- (stem of resolūtiō), equivalent to resolūt(us) resolute + -iōn- -ion

nonresolution, noun
preresolution, noun

4. resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity; strength, fortitude. Unabridged
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resolution (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
 a.  return from a pathological to a normal condition
 b.  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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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "a breaking into parts," from L. resolutionem (nom. resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from pp. stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve). Originally sense of "solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, that of "holding
firmly" (in resolute) 1530s, and that of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600.
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resolution res·o·lu·tion (rěz'ə-lōō'shən)

  1. The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.

  2. The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts.

  3. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.

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