ne·​go·​ti·​a·​tion | \ ni-ˌgō-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce negotiation (audio) , nonstandard -sē- How to pronounce negotiation (audio) \

Definition of negotiation

: the action or process of negotiating or being negotiated often used in pluralNegotiations between the two governments have failed to produce an agreement.

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Examples of negotiation in a Sentence

We need a negotiation between the townspeople and mayor over the site of the new library. She is skilled at negotiation. The college president was against any negotiation with the students.
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Recent Examples on the Web The compact with Palau is under negotiation for renewal by the end of the year, officials said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "U.S. Military Is Offered New Bases in the Pacific," 8 Sep. 2020 That is forcing a re-negotiation between seller and buyer, particularly if the buyer is financing with a mortgage. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Connecticut home sales heat up as New Yorkers flee and at-home workers look for more space. This summer’s real estate boom may just be the beginning.," 4 Sep. 2020 This would not require completely abandoning the pharmacy benefit manager rebate model and price negotiation in managing formularies. Andrew Parece And Matthew Majewski, STAT, "Instead of eliminating drug rebates, use average sales price to set co-insurance levels," 4 Sep. 2020 As the Jazz’s other star, a star who is eligible for and coming up on a contract negotiation that could include him seeking a super-max deal, Gobert has to improve, as well. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert raise their sights toward something better with the Utah Jazz," 3 Sep. 2020 The Portland Police Bureau said its resources were stretched thin on Saturday afternoon because of a crisis negotiation taking place with an armed man that lasted more than 17 hours. Washington Post, "Violent clashes erupt between far-right groups and racial justice protesters in Portland and other cities," 16 Aug. 2020 The pace of the proceedings, too, puts tenants on their heels, with very little time to learn the law or attempt negotiation. Michael Waters, Wired, "To Stop the Eviction Tsunami, We Need Online Chats," 28 Aug. 2020 One of the largest is that conglomerates’ negotiation of carriage fees — the amount a cable or satellite provider pays to a network per subscriber — is contingent on fresh programming. Washington Post, "For media companies, a contrarian idea: College football’s cancellation might be a good thing," 26 Aug. 2020 After negotiation, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) allowed the U.S. to resume a small number of its flights. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Department of Transportation Announces Flights Between the U.S. And China Can Increase," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of negotiation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for negotiation

Middle English negociacion "dealing with people," borrowed from Latin negōtiātiōn-, negōtiātiō "business, trade," from negōtiārī "to do business, trade, deal" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at negotiate

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The first known use of negotiation was in the 15th century

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12 Sep 2020

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“Negotiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of negotiation

: a formal discussion between people who are trying to reach an agreement : an act of negotiating


ne·​go·​ti·​a·​tion | \ ni-ˌgō-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce negotiation (audio) \

Kids Definition of negotiation

: the act or process of having a discussion in order to reach an agreement

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