discussant

[dih-skuhs-uhnt]
noun
a person who participates in a formal discussion or symposium and is responsible for a specific topic.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; discuss + -ant

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discuss (dɪˈskʌs)
 
vb
1.  to have a conversation about; consider by talking over; debate
2.  to treat (a subject) in speech or writing: the first three volumes discuss basic principles
3.  facetious, rare to eat or drink with enthusiasm
 
[C14: from Late Latin discussus examined, from discutere to investigate, from Latin: to dash to pieces, from dis-1 + quatere to shake, strike]
 
dis'cussant
 
n
 
dis'cusser
 
n
 
dis'cussible
 
adj
 
dis'cussable
 
adj

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For one, to be a credible discussant one must have studied the language, literature and culture.
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