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 The meetings begin with an educational presentation, followed by a discussion of real-life clinical obstacles the providers are facing. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 The senator on Friday headlined the Pottawattamie County GOP's Lincoln Reagan Dinner, and met with Iowa farmers at a roundtable discussion. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 Sarah Cook, Freedom House's research director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said political discussion at Hong Kong universities was once as free as at Western institutions. Cnn Staff, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 After a short discussion with manager David Bell and head trainer Steve Baumann, Winker walked down the dugout steps toward the training room. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 18 Sep. 2021 There’s little time for genuine discussion or negotiation about budget priorities. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Sep. 2021 Kilomoana: Learn about the ocean’s resources and importance to Hawaiian culture through a discussion with a surfer, navigator, paddler, or fisherman. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 This was a September 2016 recording surreptitiously made by Michael Cohen that became most famous for Trump and Cohen’s discussion of payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump Sr. Joe Rubin, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 During a discussion of nominees for president, vice president and treasurer, all three people who expressed an interest were among the board’s four incumbents — Freeman, Larry McShane, Jean Smith and Hector Bryan Escobar. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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22 Sep 2021

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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