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Meaning of dissertation

dis•ser•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (dis"ur-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a written essay, treatise, or thesis, esp. one written by a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
  2. any formal discourse in speech or writing.
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