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I noticed that there are words "dissoluble", "dissolute", and "soluble", "solute". In one word, the terms with "dis-" and without "dis-". What is the difference between them?

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hey, I'm not a native, I cannot find any differentiation in dictionary, so I asked. –  esperisto Aug 17 '11 at 8:59
synonym.com/synonyms/soluble –  simchona Aug 17 '11 at 9:33
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Dissoluble means soluble? What a country.

They do mean the same thing, except that dissoluble is not in common use whereas soluble is. I would suggest that in scientific and academic circles you use the term soluble to claim that something can be dissolved. In a more casual setting, dissoluble would be alright.

A second note is that "soluble", if you don't specify, usually means "water soluble." I'm not sure if this same assumption exists for dissoluble.

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