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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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  • At least it was he who had determined when the discussion should be closed.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • After supper, Mr. Palfrey opened the discussion on Marriage.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Our absolute lack of facts only made the field of discussion wider.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • Peaceful, thus drawn into the discussion, cleared his throat again.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Your discussion is interesting and I can understand it well.

    The Fight For The Republic in China Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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