resolution [rez-uh-loo-shuhn] (previously 12-31-13)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. the act determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.; the act of resolving.
4. firmness of purpose; the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute: She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
5. the act or process of separating into constituent or elementary parts or resolving.
6. the resulting state.
7. 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.
8. a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.
a. the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance.
b. the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
10. reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
11. Medicine/Medical. the reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration.
12. 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.
non·res·o·lu·tion , noun
pre·res·o·lu·tion , noun
Related Words for resolution
decision, settlement, verdict, outcome, solution, motion, proposition, recommendation, finding, proposal, conclusion, resoluteness, perseverance, heart, earnestness, energy, purposefulness, sincerity, relentlessness, spunk
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4. resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity; strength, fortitude.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin resolution- (stem of resolutio ), equivalent to resolut ( us ) resolute + -ion- -ion
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