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 When the school board that oversees this town’s tiny district of about 730 students voted on a safety plan over the summer, there was no discussion of masks. Moriah Balingit, Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 When the school board that oversees this town’s tiny district of about 730 students voted on a safety plan over the summer, there was no discussion of masks. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Interviewers will appreciate your honesty in wanting to have a meaningful discussion. Chron, 3 Sep. 2021 Is all this discussion of COVID-19 and the protocols exhausting? Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Sep. 2021 Young approached Hancock, who was still sitting in the passenger’s seat, and there was a discussion about getting the truck moved. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 2 Sep. 2021 As students across the country return to school, there is considerable discussion about what K-12 education will look like in the coming year. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 None of this, unfortunately, is a theoretical discussion. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Over the next few months — or really, decades — there will be discussion about what could have been in Afghanistan after the United States decided to fully withdraw from the two-decade-old conflict. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 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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10 Sep 2021

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 20 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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