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

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

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Word Origin & History

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
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.
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