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forum

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noun, fo·rum \ˈfȯr-əm\

Simple Definition of forum

  • : a meeting at which a subject can be discussed

  • : a place or opportunity for discussing a subject

  • : a large public place in an ancient Roman city that was used as the center of business

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of forum

plural forums also fora play \-ə\

  1. 1 a :  the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business b :  a public meeting place for open discussion c :  a medium (as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas

  2. 2 :  a judicial body or assembly :  court

  3. 3 a :  a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion b :  a program (as on radio or television) involving discussion of a problem usually by several authorities

Examples of forum in a sentence

  1. Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.

  2. The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.

  3. The club provides a forum for people who share an interest in local history.



Origin of forum

Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door


First Known Use: 15th century

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FORUM Defined for Kids

forum

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noun fo·rum \ˈfȯr-əm\

Definition of forum for Students

  1. 1 :  the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business

  2. 2 :  a place or opportunity for discussion




Law Dictionary

forum

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noun fo·rum \ˈfō-rəm\

Legal Definition of forum

  1. 1 :  public forum

  2. 2a :  a judicial body or assembly :  court <allowed the defendant in a state court action to choose the federal forum by removing the case — M. H. Redish> b :  the territorial jurisdiction of a court <due process requires defendant to have minimum level of contacts with forum before personal jurisdiction may be exercised — National Law Journal>





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