dis·​cus·​sion di-ˈskə-shən How to pronounce discussion (audio)
: consideration of a question in open and usually informal debate
a heated political discussion
: a formal treatment of a topic in speech or writing
A discussion on the topic is included in the first chapter.

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. See More
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Word History


see discuss

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discussion was in 1546

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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dis·​cus·​sion dis-ˈkəsh-ən How to pronounce discussion (audio)
: conversation or debate for the purpose of understanding a question or subject

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