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 plural Negotiations 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 In the contract area, data streamlines drafting/negotiation process—thereby enhancing sales and customer relations— by identifying key points of contention as well as causes of litigation. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 As a week of debate and negotiation ramped up, the White House, even as Biden became more involved by holding meetings with lawmakers and sending top aides to the Hill, never stepped out and took a side. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 The negotiation package would have funded the health expansion programs. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Officers will still receive the 2 percent pay raise at the beginning of 2022, a negotiation that was made in 2019. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 The stated objective was to promote a peace negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, but that diplomatic effort never gained traction before Biden took office in January. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 Most immediately, there are the President’s infrastructure and social spending plans, which will exit congressional negotiation with somewhere between zero and 4.5 trillion dollars of funding, and could be transformative or utterly mundane. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2021 As the live music industry navigates its reopening, Reinhold will kick her negotiation work into high gear for clients including C3 Presents, Live Nation, Austin City Limits, Bottlerock, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Brooke Mazurek, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 That would decouple it from when Trump-era tax cuts are set to expire, instead of pulling everything into one large tax negotiation. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021

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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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“Negotiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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