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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Dissolution

Meaning of Dissolution

The act of putting an end to a legal relation . Thus the dissolution of a contract is the cancellation or abrogation of it by the parties themselves. The dissolution of a corporation means the termination of its existence as a body politic, either by an act of the legislature or by the surrender or forfeiture of its charter or articles of incorporation , or by appropriate proceedings for winding it up under the applicable laws. In family law, the term denotes the terminating of a marriage by the granting of a final decree of divorce .

Dissolution Alternative Definition

In Contracts. The dissolution of a contract is the annulling thereof by the contracting parties. Of Corporations. The termination of the corporate existence in any manner, whether by expiration of the charter, decree of court, act of the legislature, etc. In Practice. The act of rendering a legal proceeding null, or changing its character; as, a foreign attachment in Pennsylvania is dissolved by entering bail to the action; injunctions are dissolved by the court.

Adoption Legal Definition of Dissolution

The term dissolution is used to describe an adoption that fails after finalization, resulting in the child’s legal custody reverting back to the agency or court that made the original placement and the child returning to foster care and/or to other adoptive parent(s).

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Synonyms of Dissolution

(Disintegration), noun

  • adulteration
  • atomization
  • atrophy
  • breaking up
  • corrosion
  • corruption
  • crumbling
  • decay
  • decomposition
  • demolition
  • deterioration
  • dilapidation
  • disassembly
  • disbanding
  • dismantlement
  • disorganization
  • dispersal
  • disruption
  • dissipation
  • erosion
  • rotting
  • separation
  • spoilage
  • spoliation
  • undoing

(Termination), noun

  • abolishment
  • abolition
  • abrogation
  • annihilation
  • annulment
  • breaking up
  • cancellation
  • cancelling
  • cessation
  • close
  • closing
  • completion
  • conclusion
  • death
  • defeasance
  • demise
  • destruction
  • discontinuance
  • dismissal
  • dissolutio
  • disuse
  • effacement
  • elimination
  • end
  • ending
  • eradication
  • erasure
  • expiration
  • expunction
  • extinction
  • extinguishment
  • extirpation
  • finis
  • finish
  • invalidation
  • liquidation
  • nullification
  • obliteration
  • overthrow
  • prorogation
  • repeal
  • rescission
  • revocation
  • revokement
  • ruin
  • ruination
  • suppression
  • voidance
  • Associated Concepts: corporate dissolution
  • de facto dissolution
  • de jure dissolution
  • dissolution of marriage
  • dissolution of partnership
  • dissolution proceedingforeign phrases: Nihil tarn naturale est
  • quam eo genere quidque dissolvere
  • quo colligatum est
  • Nothing is so natural as to dissolve anything in the way in which it was made binding
  • Nihil tam conveniens est naturali aequitati quam unumquodque dissolvieo ligamine quo ligatum est
  • Nothing is so agreeable to natural equity as that a thing should be dissolved by the same means by which it was bound
  • Nihil est magis rationi consentaneum quam eodem modo quodque dissolvere quo conflatum est
  • Nothing is more consonant to reason than that a thing should be dissolved in the same way in which it was created

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Dissolution in Historical Law

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English Legal System: Dissolution

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Dissolution :

1. The legal termination of a marriage; for example, by a decree of divorce, nullity, or presumption of death.

2. The dissolving of a *registered company. This can be achieved by *winding-up or by the Registrar of Companies striking it off the companies register as “defunct”, because he has reasonable cause to believe that the company is no longer carrying on business or has failed to file accounts. The company can be restored to register subsequently on application by petition and payment of the relevant fee. 3.

See parliament.

Dissolution Definition (in the Accounting Vocabulary)

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the following definition of Dissolution in a way that is easy for anybody to understand: Termination of a CORPORATION.

Concept of Dissolution in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Dissolution: A cancellation or annulment of a contract or business association, such as a partnership or corporation.

Concept of Dissolution in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Dissolution: A cancellation or annulment of a contract or business association, such as a partnership or corporation.




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