[ dis-kwuh-zish-uhn ]
/ ˌdɪs kwəˈzɪʃ ən /
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a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation.



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Origin of disquisition

1595–1605; <Latin disquīsītiōn- (stem of disquīsītiō), equivalent to disquīsīt(us) (past participle of disquīrere to investigate; dis-dis-1 + quaerere to seek, ask) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM disquisition

dis·qui·si·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disquisition

/ (ˌdɪskwɪˈzɪʃən) /


a formal written or oral examination of a subject

Derived forms of disquisition

disquisitional, adjective

Word Origin for disquisition

C17: from Latin disquīsītiō, from disquīrere to make an investigation, from dis- 1 + quaerere to seek
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