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[dis-kwuh-zish-uh n] /ˌdɪs kwəˈzɪʃ ən/
a formal discourse or treatise in which a subject is examined and discussed; dissertation.
1595-1605; < Latin disquīsītiōn- (stem of disquīsītiō), equivalent to disquīsīt(us) (past participle of disquīrere to investigate; dis- dis-1 + quaerere to seek, ask) + -iōn- -ion
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disquisitional, adjective Unabridged
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  • The fun is imagining what form the filmic disquisition will take.
  • At this time, demonology belonged to the realms of theological disquisition.
  • Further proofs of the reality of demoniacs are reserved for a particular disquisition.
  • Being a disquisition on the tendency of good resolves to dissolve.
  • Many instances might be given which would illustrate this subject more powerfully than volumes of abstract disquisition.
British Dictionary definitions for disquisition


a formal written or oral examination of a subject
Derived Forms
disquisitional, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin disquīsītiō, from disquīrere to make an investigation, from dis-1 + quaerere to seek
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Word Origin and History for disquisition

c.1600, "subject for investigation," also "systematic search," from Latin disquisitionem (nominative disquisitio) "an inquiry, investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of disquirere "inquire," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + quaerere "seek, ask" (see query (v.)). Sense of "long speech" first recorded 1640s.

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