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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One of the options that is certainly under discussion is to let employers buy into Medicare, rather than having to go into the insurance business themselves or negotiate out on the private market. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Medicare for All Bill Puts Pressure on Democrats’ 2020 Field," 11 Feb. 2019 Deadline also adds that discussions for a spin-off are already in the works. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Vikings' Show Is Officially Cancelled and Fans Are Devastated," 8 Jan. 2019 The files included a man and a woman in discussion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Alexa Sends Man 1,700 Recordings From a Stranger's House," 20 Dec. 2018 The discussion was part of the Trust’s work to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Tom Hardy Teamed Up to Tackle Youth Violence," 12 Dec. 2018 While the technology around these digital streets is still under discussion, new plans suggest the flexible nature of the streetscape will be a boon to pedestrians. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’," 30 Nov. 2018 Gun control policy is slated for real discussion and implementation. Hadiya Afzal, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Why Members of Congress Including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar Give Me Hope," 7 Jan. 2019 That brings us to the gang’s discussion about one helluva CES. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Full Nerd ep. 81: GeForce RTX 2060 review, 3rd-gen Ryzen, and CES wrap-up," 15 Jan. 2019 The program garnered millions of viewers and prompted ongoing discussion on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Apologizes for Working with R. Kelly and Supports His Accusers," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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