We performed a series of dissolution experiments with well-characterized pyrochlore ceramics with the formula A2Ti2O7, where A = Y3+, Gd3+, or Lu3+ in H2O- and D2Obased solutions [pH(D) = 2] at 90°C. Normalized log10 dissolution rates (g·m−2·d−1) in H2O-based solutions increase from Lu2Ti2O7 (−3.2 to –3.3) to Gd2Ti2O7 (−2.6 to –2.9), to Y2Ti2O7 (−1.9 to –2.0). Rates in D20-based solutions are indistinguishable from rates in H2O, indicating that release of elements is probably not diffusion controlled. A recent dissolution model, based on ligand-exchange reactions, suggests that the rate of reaction should increase in inverse order of the cation field strength: Lu < Y < Gd (where the cation denotes the appropriate pyrochlore composition), which is not observed. Evaluation of the thermodynamic stability of the three solids was performed using a linear free-energy model and reported free energies of formation. The calculations indicate that reactivity should follow in the progression Lu < Gd < Y, as observed in the dissolution experiments. Our data indicates, therefore, that dissolution models based on ligand-exchange reactions may not be strictly applicable to simple pyrochlore minerals.