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From Old French solucion (French: solution), from Latin solūtiōnem, accusative singular of solūtiō, from the verb solvō.


  • IPA(key): /səˈl(j)uːʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -uːʃən


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solution (countable and uncountable, plural solutions)

  1. A homogeneous mixture, which may be liquid, gas or solid, formed by dissolving one or more substances.
  2. An act, plan or other means, used or proposed, to solve a problem.
    • 1971, O. Phillip Hicks, “The Computer: Is It the Solution or the Problem?”, in ACM: Proceedings of 1971 Annual Conference, page 362:
      All too often, computer technology is treated as a solution in search of a problem. In fact, it is not uncommon for people working with computers to become critical of the problem because it doesn't seem to fit the solution they have generated.
  3. The answer to a problem.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 5, in The Hocussing of Cigarette[1]:
      Then I had a good think on the subject of the hocussing of Cigarette, and I was reluctantly bound to admit that once again the man in the corner had found the only possible solution to the mystery.
  4. (marketing) A product, service or suite thereof.
  5. (law, Britain, archaic, rare) Satisfaction of a claim or debt.
    • 1681, Scotland. Court of Session, Lord Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee, William Maxwell Morison, editor, The decisions of the Court of Session, published 1802, page 2927:
      he was not obliged to repeat what he had received, in solution of a just debt
    • 1827, John Erskine, The Principles of the Law of Scotland, page 508:
      A disposition granted on a cessio bonorum is merely in farther security to the creditors, not in satisfaction or in solution of the debts.
    • 1879, “Conflict of Law — Promissory notes governed by law of place where made and payable”, in Albany Law Journal, volume 20:
      It is said that there is no violation of the law of this State in the simple act of paying money in solution of a promise to do so
  6. The act of dissolving, especially of a solid by a fluid; dissolution.





From Old French solucion, from Latin solūtiōnem, accusative singular of solūtiō, from the verb solvō.



solution f (plural solutions)

  1. solution
  2. liquid mix

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