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Formal, written treatise that covers a subject in great detail, and is submitted usually in the course of qualifying for a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. Also called thesis.

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The student's graduate dissertation talked about the usage of symbols in Ancient Rome and how they pertained to Roman aristocracy.
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For her doctoral degree in social work she did her dissertation on the issue of sundowning in patients with dementia.
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The dissertation that was submitted to the panel of judges was applauded for it's obvious understanding of material required for achieving such title of 'Doctor'.
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