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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In prior court discussions, it was revealed that Scott is one of the witnesses who had obtained immunity from prosecution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Witness in SEAL trial says he - not Gallagher - killed wounded Iraqi," 20 June 2019 Watford have entered into discussions with the agent of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Gaston Pereiro, with the 24-year-old possessing just a year left on his contract with the Dutch side. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Koulibaly to Man City, Costa & Donnarumma to PSG, Zaniolo to Spurs & More," 19 June 2019 Whispers of Arctic hyenas piqued the curiosity of University at Buffalo paleontologist Jack Tseng, who over years of discussions with coauthors Lars Werdelin and Grant Zazula eventually tracked down the teeth and positively identified them. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Hyena’s Teeth Show Bone-Crushing Carnivore Roamed the Arctic," 19 June 2019 Perhaps Chicago would feel comfortable engaging in that discussion. 6. Richard Morin, azcentral, "NHL mock draft: Who will fall to Arizona Coyotes at No. 14 in 2019 NHL draft?," 17 June 2019 Heirbrandt took the lead on acquiring the bridge after getting involved in discussions for a bridge that was planned in the Luxhaven neighborhood near Geist Park. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "A historic bridge that once collapsed into the White River will span Fall Creek in Geist," 17 June 2019 In the discussion afterward, speaking in slightly accented but very good Italian, Ms. Knox joked with one of the five exonerees, Lucia Fiumberti, about jailhouse superstitions. New York Times, "Amanda Knox in Italy: ‘I Am Not a Monster’," 16 June 2019 Dorsey is also a real estate development executive in Baldwin County, who said he was not involved in any discussions with the mayors ahead of their submittal of the May 9 letter opposing SB250. al.com, "How legislation addressing growth impact on schools collapsed in Baldwin County," 16 June 2019 In San Antonio, the initiative began at a town hall in October with more than 200 people who helped identify concerns in roundtable discussions. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio designated Dementia Friendly City," 15 June 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 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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