dis·​qui·​si·​tion ˌdi-skwə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce disquisition (audio)
: a formal inquiry into or discussion of a subject : discourse

Examples of disquisition in a Sentence

a lengthy disquisition on foreign policy Adam Smith's celebrated disquisition on the factors contributing to the wealth of nations.
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Word History


Latin disquisition-, disquisitio, from disquirere to investigate, from dis- + quaerere to seek

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disquisition was in 1640

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“Disquisition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disquisition. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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