Resolution Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Resolution, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Resolution?

(n) A resolution is the statement, decision taken in an officially convened body, accepted by the members or majority of the members requiring its approval present in that meeting, which is binding on the body as a whole

History and Meaning of Resolution

Resolution refers to a formal statement or decision made during an officially convened meeting. It is often passed as a proposal or motion by the members of the meeting, and it requires the majority of the members present to approve it. Once approved, it becomes a binding rule for the organization or body as a whole.

Resolutions have been used as a means of decision-making for centuries, and they are commonly used in various settings, such as governmental bodies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Examples of Resolution

  1. The United Nations passed a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
  2. The board of directors passed a resolution to increase the company's investment in renewable energy.
  3. The city council passed a resolution to create a new public park in the downtown area.
  4. The shareholders passed a resolution to remove the current CEO and elect a new one.
  5. The student council passed a resolution to ban single-use plastics in the school cafeteria.

Legal Terms Similar to Resolution

  1. Motion - a formal proposal made by a member of a deliberative assembly, which is put to a vote.
  2. Ordinance - a local law or regulation passed by a municipal or a county government.
  3. Declaration - a formal statement or announcement, often issued by a government or an official body.