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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.
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 discussions
  • The discussions in this article seems to border on calligraphy vs typography.
  • The polar regions are frequently neglected in discussions of the environment, but they shouldn't be.
  • The discussions should eventually focus on the groups' reasons establishing their agricultural and urban boundaries.
  • The rumors and discussions between the locals are increasing and heated.
  • Many of the pictures and details created discussions after the lecture.
  • In discussions of downsizing, you don't often hear about all the companies that cut payrolls and then continued to struggle.
  • Others spoke about the need to keep the group's discussions private.
  • Yet discussions regarding implementing a single payer system at the state or national level seem to be taboo.
  • And in part it's simply a useful venue for discussions, since ethnography is still an emerging tool in technology industries.
  • It works not to maintain standard but to block critical discussions.
British Dictionary definitions for discussions


the examination or consideration of a matter in speech or writing
Derived Forms
discussional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for discussions



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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