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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Founded in 1993, Unirule always resided on the fringes of Chinese policy discussions, bringing together a collection of liberal economists who were strong believers in free markets. The Economist, "China bans an independent think-tank critical of its policies," 31 Aug. 2019 The 16-day opening festival, which begins on Sept. 7, will feature jazz, hip-hop, electronica, comedy, family events, lectures, discussions and community events. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 While Washington and Beijing are supposed to have another round of trade talks in September, neither side has said when exactly those discussions will take place. CNN, "US-China trade war shows no sign of ending as new tariffs arrive," 30 Aug. 2019 The last memo records Comey reviewing again the proper channels for the president to intervene in investigations; the report’s discussion of it notes that Comey’s chief of staff shared the details in real time with the proper chain of command. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 2019 Much vodka had been consumed by this point, and plot discussions degenerated into mass hysterics. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 The president of Hampshire College has reiterated his commitment to keep the liberal arts school independent, following the release of a trove of e-mails detailing previous merger discussions with UMass Amherst. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "After public release of UMass e-mails, Hampshire president reiterates commitment to keeping school independent," 30 Aug. 2019 In Colorado, two chefs started Chow, a support group for restaurant and hospitality staff that began with a series of in-person discussions surrounding mental health and kitchen culture. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area restaurant owners reckon with the industry’s mental health issues," 29 Aug. 2019 Cain said that the way that discussion with patients turns into therapy often hinges on picking up nonverbal cues, or trying to get at things that the patient themselves may not be actively thinking about, things bubbling under the surface. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "This app is trying to replicate you," 29 Aug. 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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