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[dih-skuhsh-uh n] /dɪˈskʌʃ ən/
an act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., especially to explore solutions; informal debate.
Origin of discussion
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin discussiōn- (stem of discussiō) inquiry, examination, Latin: a shaking. See discuss, -ion
Related forms
discussional, adjective
prediscussion, noun
rediscussion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discussion
  • 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.
  • Anecdote does not drive climate discussion unless there are abnormally warm temperatures.
  • Then it got debunked, and there was a lot of discussion about mangroves not building land.
  • The problem begins when they interrupt lecture or discussion to ask me to repeat irrelevant details.
  • Bring students back together for a discussion of their findings.
  • It would be wonderful to see this get a bit more coverage in this discussion.
  • There exists active discussion about why our bodies are warm and not cold.
British Dictionary definitions for discussion


the examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing
Derived Forms
discussional, 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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