discussion

[dih-skuhsh-uhn]
noun
an act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., especially to explore solutions; informal debate.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin discussiōn- (stem of discussiō) inquiry, examination, Latin: a shaking. See discuss, -ion

discussional, adjective
prediscussion, noun
rediscussion, noun
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discussion (dɪˈskʌʃən)
 
n
the examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing
 
dis'cussional
 
adj

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discussion
mid-14c., from O.Fr. discussion, from L.L. discussionem "examination, discussion," in classical L., "a shaking," from discussus, pp. of discutere "strike asunder, break up," from dis- "apart" + quatere "to shake." Originally "examination, investigation, judicial trial;" meaning of "talk over, debate"
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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Example sentences
Thanks to all of you who participated in today's discussion.
The church bristles at discussion of such things, quite often to the extent of
  bringing in its lawyers.
These are not reasonable conditions for a general discussion of offsets.
Review the definitions in the context of the discussion.
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