[ dis-kwuh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌdɪs kwəˈzɪʃ ən /


a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation.

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

Related forms

dis·qui·si·tion·al, adjective
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/ (ˌdɪskwɪˈzɪʃən) /


a formal written or oral examination of a subject

Derived Forms

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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