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[dih-skuhsh-uh n] /dɪˈskʌʃ ən/
an act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., especially to explore solutions; informal debate.
Origin of discussion
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin discussiōn- (stem of discussiō) inquiry, examination, Latin: a shaking. See discuss, -ion
Related forms
discussional, adjective
prediscussion, noun
rediscussion, noun Unabridged
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  • Exceeding the limits assigned to it, my discussion has, however, extended too far.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • After supper, Mr. Palfrey opened the discussion on Marriage.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I think there's to be some sort of a discussion, but I'm not sure.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I heard the discussion, but I couldn't leave my mother to settle it.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He gave the discussion up, with a slight shrug of the shoulders.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for discussion


the examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing
Derived Forms
discussional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for discussion

mid-14c., "examination, investigation, judicial trial," from Old French discussion "discussion, examination, investigation, legal trial," from Late Latin discussionem (nominative discussio) "examination, discussion," in classical Latin, "a shaking," from discussus, past participle of discutere "strike asunder, break up," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + quatere "to shake" (see quash). Meaning "a talking over, debating" in English first recorded mid-15c. Sense evolution in Latin appears to have been from "smash apart" to "scatter, disperse," then in post-classical times (via the mental process involved) to "investigate, examine," then to "debate."

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