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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When the discussion moved to how much the switch would cost him, Kovaci disappeared into his house to retrieve his wife. Erica L. Green, BostonGlobe.com, "Teachers unions hustle to ensure their survival after Janus decision," 14 July 2018 And check out some highlights from the discussion below. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Satanists Just Aren’t Scary Anymore," 14 July 2018 One closed session on Dec. 18, 2017, involved discussions with staff about negotiations with bus contractors. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford school board takes 'corrective action' after violating open meetings law," 13 July 2018 The official was not authorized to talk about the private discussions on the record. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018 Instead, the discussion has been eclipsed by a fixation on a number that is a poor proxy for how NATO allies should share military burdens. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 In July 2016, the Diamondbacks were deep in discussions about a deal that would have sent Miller to the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects, including right-handers Jose Urena and Luis Castillo. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller trade still haunting them," 13 July 2018 Privacy must be considered in any meaningful discussion about sharing medical records. Melissa Stein, STAT, "Privacy laws are hurting the care of patients with addiction," 13 July 2018 The championship between France and Croatia will draw a huge audience at 11 a.m. Sunday on Fox and dominate many discussions. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Jonestown: An American Tragedy,' Sacha Baron Cohen: This weekend," 13 July 2018

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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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