dis·​cus·​sion | \di-ˈskə-shən \

Definition of discussion 

1 : consideration of a question in open and usually informal debate a heated political discussion

2 : a formal treatment of a topic in speech or writing A discussion on the topic is included in the first chapter.

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Examples of discussion in a Sentence

The class was involved in a heated discussion about politics. I hope to have a discussion with them about the matter soon. After much discussion of the plan, the idea was rejected entirely. During the period under discussion, the town grew in size. The smoking ban is a major topic of discussion these days. The article is an in-depth discussion of his theories. The first chapter includes a discussion of childcare issues.
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Some of that context has gone missing in the discussion about Stankey’s June 19 conversation with HBO head Richard Plepler, first reported Sunday in the New York Times. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T," 10 July 2018 During the discussion about Glenn, Lewis told The Enquirer that Cedric Ogbuehi would still be in the mix to start at right tackle. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Cedric Ogbuehi’s confident at right tackle; Kroft talks contract," 8 July 2018 Murray requested briefings from both PhRMA and BIO staff to outline their discussions and plans on the topic. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Top Democrat demands PhRMA, BIO do more on gender issues after party with topless dancers," 28 June 2018 Follow the live stream here; my Town Hall discussion on how inclusive cultures drives innovation this afternoon included executives from multiple industries. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: CEOs Taking A Stand," 26 June 2018 Although the contents of the course are introductory, Swiz says it is generally aimed at people who are already asking questions and engaging in discussions about gender and media. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Education / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Alicia Swiz wants to make you a better feminist—by taking her online course," 21 June 2018 There, according to IfNotNow participants, Cohen was open to the idea of altering Ramah’s educational approach to include discussions of Palestinians. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 Recommending means this is a discussion worth sharing. Regina Cho, Billboard, "'Empire' Star Serayah Talks About Receiving Praise From Beyonce, Premieres New Video 'So Good'," 13 July 2018 Testimony, which began Wednesday with a police lieutenant who became part of the higher-ranking discussions of Francois’ work issues, was expected to continue Thursday. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trial opens on claims black officer fired over 'north of 8' favoritism at San Diego Police Department," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of discussion

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discussion

see discuss

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English Language Learners Definition of discussion

: the act of talking about something with another person or a group of people : a conversation about something

: a speech or piece of writing that gives information, ideas, opinions, etc., about something


dis·​cus·​sion | \di-ˈskə-shən \

Kids Definition of discussion

: conversation for the purpose of understanding or debating a question or subject

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to express warning or disapproval

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