What does it mean to say that a base is an electrolyte?

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May 15, 2018

Answer:

It is a weak electrolyte or a strong electrolyte, or somewhere in between.

Explanation:

Depending on the strength of the base it will be anywhere from one to the other:

A WEAK BASE
means it is a weak electrolyte (such as #"NH"_3#). This means that the base will only partially dissociate or associate, leaving free ions and undissociated molecules in solution.

A STRONG BASE
means it is a strong electrolyte (such as #"NaOH"#) and will dissociate or associate pretty much completely leaving only ions and none of the original species.