forum

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noun fo·rum \ ˈfȯr-əm \

Definition of forum

plural forums also fora play \ˈfȯr-ə\
1 a :the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business
b :a public meeting place for open discussion
  • The club provides a forum for people interested in local history.
c :a medium (such as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
2 :a judicial body or assembly :court
3 a :a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion
  • The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.
b :a program (as on radio or television) involving discussion of a problem usually by several authorities

Examples of forum in a Sentence

  1. Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.

  2. The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.

  3. The club provides a forum for people who share an interest in local history.

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Origin and Etymology of forum

Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door

Other Broadcasting Terms


FORUM Defined for English Language Learners

forum

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Definition of forum for English Language Learners

  • : a meeting at which a subject can be discussed

  • : a place or opportunity for discussing a subject

  • : a large public place in an ancient Roman city that was used as the center of business


FORUM Defined for Kids

forum

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noun fo·rum \ ˈfȯr-əm \

Definition of forum for Students

1 :the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business
2 :a place or opportunity for discussion

Law Dictionary

forum

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noun fo·rum \ ˈfō-rəm \

legal Definition of forum

2 a :a judicial body or assembly :court
  • allowed the defendant in a state court action to choose the federal forum by removing the case
  • —M. H. Redish
b :the territorial jurisdiction of a court
  • due process requires defendant to have minimum level of contacts with forum before personal jurisdiction may be exercised
  • National Law Journal


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