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  1. res·o·lu·tion
    IPA[ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something:

      she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more a New Year's resolution
    • 2. a formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote:

      the conference passed two resolutions
    • 3. the quality of being determined or resolute:

      he handled the last French actions of the war with resolution
      Synonym : determination, purpose, purposefulness, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, strength of will, strength of character, will power, firmness, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, intentness, decision, decidedness, steadfastness, staunchness, manfulness, perseverance, persistence, indefatigability, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power, strong-mindedness, backbone, dedication, commitment, constancy, the bulldog spirit, pertinacity, pertinaciousness, stubbornness, doggedness, obstinacy, obdurateness, obduracy, inflexibility, spiritedness, braveness, bravery, boldness, courage, pluck, courageousness, pluckiness, stout-heartedness, Sitzfleisch, guts, spunk, grit, stickability, stick-to-it-iveness, intension, perseveration
    • 4. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter:

      the peaceful resolution of all disputes a successful resolution to the problem
      Synonym : solution to, answer to, end to, explanation to, resolving, settlement, settling, solving, sorting out, working out, rectification, unraveling, disentanglement, clarification, conclusion, ending, cracking
    • 5. the passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony:

      tension is released by the resolution from the dominant to the tonic chord
    • 6. the disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition:

      complete remission was defined as resolution of clinical evidence of disease
    • 7. the process of reducing or separating something into its components.

    • 8. the replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it.

    • 9. the smallest interval measurable by a scientific (especially optical) instrument; the resolving power.

    • 10. the degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image:

      a high-resolution monitor
    • 11. the conversion of something abstract into another form:

      the gradual resolution of an uncertain feeling into a named emotion
    • 12. the substitution of two short syllables for one long one.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: resolution, plural noun: resolutions

    • noun

      a firm decision to do or not to do something:

      a formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote:

    • adjective

      relating to a visual output device, such as a CRT or a printer, whose images are not sharply defined.

      relating to an image that lacks sharp focus or fine detail.

    • noun

      a resolution adopted by both houses of a legislative assembly that does not require the signature of the chief executive and that does not have the force of law.
    • noun

      (in the US Congress) a resolution passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives:
    • adjective

      (of a display or a photographic or video image) showing a large amount of detail:
    • adjective

      (of a display or a photographic or video image) showing a large amount of detail:
    • noun

      (in the US Congress) a resolution passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives:
    • noun

      the use of methods such as mediation and arbitration to resolve a dispute instead of litigation.
    • noun

      the use of methods such as mediation or arbitration to resolve a dispute without resort to litigation.
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