dis·​cus·​sion | \ di-ˈskə-shən How to pronounce discussion (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Just 4½ months ago, when the NBA paused its season due to COVID-19, Black athletes using the platform of the national anthem to raise causes and concerns would not have happened without a significant discussion about the consequences. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NBA players kneeling during the national anthem doesn't seem like an act of defiance," 1 Aug. 2020 The quixotic Irving, who was never the optimal figure to challenge the league’s prevailing politics, quickly faded from the discussion. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "The Dismal Politics of the Sports World’s “Wokest” League," 1 Aug. 2020 Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Woodward said museum officials reached out to him as did some commissioners after the stories to have a similar discussion. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Institute of Arts leaders discuss recent controversies with Macomb County board," 31 July 2020 At this week’s meeting, council members had a lengthy discussion on how to handle the mural. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "Tulsa allowed a Black Lives Matter message to remain — until a pro-police group asked for its own street painting," 31 July 2020 In yesterday’s discussion, however, government policy was barely discussed. David Meyer, Fortune, "Don’t forget the climate crisis, CEOs say," 31 July 2020 Part of the difficulty with this discussion has been that the relevant experts, including infectious-disease specialists, epidemiologists, environmental and aerosol engineers, don’t even agree on the terminology. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "We Need to Talk About Ventilation," 30 July 2020 The discussion touched on everything from mask requirements, capacity, sharing of supplies, seating charts and contact sports. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "What Indianapolis mayor, health department director said in Thursday's news conference," 30 July 2020 LaNada War Jack, member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, scholar and one of the occupiers of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71, moderates a discussion on the role of indigenous women during and after the occupation. Chronicle Staff Report, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Living in tents, campaigning in a pandemic," 30 July 2020

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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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The first known use of discussion was in 1546

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4 Aug 2020

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce discussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of discussion

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

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