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[ni-goh-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-] /nɪˌgoʊ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən, -si-/
mutual discussion and arrangement of the terms of a transaction or agreement:
the negotiation of a treaty.
the act or process of negotiating.
an instance or the result of negotiating.
1570-80; < Latin negōtiātiōn- (stem of negōtiātiō) a doing of business, equivalent to negōtiāt(us) (see negotiate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonnegotiation, noun
prenegotiation, noun
pronegotiation, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for negotiations
  • negotiations were still angrily proceeding when he reached the fairgrounds.
  • The discussions centered on trade and peace negotiations.
  • But after three months of negotiations, the company agreed to release the beasts in exchange for replicas.
  • Sometimes it fades into the background as cease-fires or negotiations quiet the hostilities.
  • It would appear that negotiations have stalled at this point, even before the shape of the table was decided upon.
  • Meanwhile, for nearly two decades, negotiations on binding treaties that limit global emissions have struggled.
  • After months of negotiations, it was decided that the college had to take me back and reconsider my tenure case.
  • Some people feel more comfortable with having a surrogate doing their negotiations for them and you might consider that.
  • Such negotiations might or might not produce a convincing plan.
  • Several years later, after a round of contract negotiations, that multiple is raised to sixty dollars a month.
British Dictionary definitions for negotiations


a discussion set up or intended to produce a settlement or agreement
the act or process of negotiating
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Word Origin and History for negotiations



early 15c., from Old French negociacion "business, trade," and directly from Latin negotiationem (nominative negotiatio) "business, traffic," noun of action from past participle stem of negotiari "carry on business, do business, act as a banker," from negotium "a business, employment, occupation, affair (public or private)," also "difficulty, pains, trouble, labor," literally "lack of leisure," from neg- "not" (see deny) + otium "ease, leisure." The sense expansion from "doing business" to also include "bargaining" about anything took place in Latin.

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