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[ni-goh-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-] /nɪˌgoʊ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən, -si-/
mutual discussion and arrangement of the terms of a transaction or agreement:
the negotiation of a treaty.
the act or process of negotiating.
an instance or the result of negotiating.
Origin of negotiation
1570-80; < Latin negōtiātiōn- (stem of negōtiātiō) a doing of business, equivalent to negōtiāt(us) (see negotiate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonnegotiation, noun
prenegotiation, noun
pronegotiation, adjective Unabridged
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  • I failed in my first negotiation; I do not mean to fail in the second.

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
  • The merchants and the buyer only smiled at this interruption; and went on with the negotiation.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • We shall not follow out in detail the shifting phases of the negotiation, but we will come at once to its closing passage.

  • The intervention of the broker in this negotiation is delightfully suggestive.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Men had been impressed, and he held it to be the duty of the House to take notice of it by war or negotiation.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for negotiation


a discussion set up or intended to produce a settlement or agreement
the act or process of negotiating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for negotiation

early 15c., from Old French negociacion "business, trade," and directly from Latin negotiationem (nominative negotiatio) "business, traffic," noun of action from past participle stem of negotiari "carry on business, do business, act as a banker," from negotium "a business, employment, occupation, affair (public or private)," also "difficulty, pains, trouble, labor," literally "lack of leisure," from neg- "not" (see deny) + otium "ease, leisure." The sense expansion from "doing business" to also include "bargaining" about anything took place in Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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