dissolution

The dissolution of a relationship means that it's broken up or ended. The dissolution of your band means you better get started on your solo album.

Dissolution comes from the Latin word dissolutio, meaning "a dissolving of something." Dissolution looks very similar to "dissolve," so to help you remember the meaning, think about what happens if you put paper in water — it breaks apart. A dissolution of a marriage is the same thing as divorce. Although it sounds like disillusion, if you try to use them interchangeably, your logic will fall apart.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: dissolution

1
n
separation into component parts
2
n
dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
3
n
the process of going into solution
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: dissolution
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n separation into component parts

Synonyms:
disintegration
Types:
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fibrinolysis
a normal ongoing process that dissolves fibrin and results in the removal of small blood clots
lysis
(biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria
autolysis, self-digestion
lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
bacteriolysis
dissolution or destruction of bacteria
cytolysis
pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane
haematolysis, haemolysis, hematolysis, hemolysis
lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin
karyolysis
disintegration and dissolution of a cell nucleus when a cell dies
necrolysis
disintegration and dissolution of dead tissue
osteolysis
lysis of bone caused by disease or infection or inadequate blood supply
radiolysis
molecular disintegration resulting from radiation
thrombolysis
the process of breaking up and dissolving blood clots
Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

n the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)

Synonyms:
breakup
Types:
splitsville
separation or breakup or divorce
annulment, invalidation
(law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
dissolution of marriage
an annulment of a marriage
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n the termination of a meeting

Synonyms:
adjournment
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something
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n dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

Synonyms:
dissipation, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
Type of:
intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
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n the process of going into solution

Synonyms:
dissolving
Type of:
liquefaction
the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
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