[dih-skuhsh-uh n]
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Origin of discussion

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin discussiōn- (stem of discussiō) inquiry, examination, Latin: a shaking. See discuss, -ion
Related formsdis·cus·sion·al, adjectivepre·dis·cus·sion, nounre·dis·cus·sion, noun
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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

  • He gave the discussion up, with a slight shrug of the shoulders.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • I heard the discussion, but I couldn't leave my mother to settle it.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for discussion


  1. the examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing
Derived Formsdiscussional, 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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