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dissolution (noun) the act of formally ending a marriage, a business agreement, a parliament, or an organization; the process by which something gradually disappears after becoming weaker and weaker.

The formal ending, as by a divorce, of a marriage is the dissolution of the marriage. That is, when the wife and husband are divorced, it is the dissolution of their marriage. The ending of a business agreement or a partnership is the dissolution of it. The dissolution of a parliament or any such body is the ending of the body and its no longer functioning. The dissolution of an empire is its decline, that is, it becoming weaker and weaker, and finally ending. The dissolution, for example, of the Roman Empire is its fall and disappearance. The dissolution of the former USSR is its breaking up. The dissolution of class and race distinctions is their coming to an end.

  • The dissolution of the British Empire was the result of the increasing opposition to its colonialism and imperialism and the struggle for freedom by the countries under its rule.
  • The misunderstandings among the partners of the firm made it difficult for them to function together, and it finally led to the dissolution of their partnership.
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