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 And political gifts to Israel and Saudi Arabia received none of the concessions in return that would have been expected as part of a negotiation. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires," 11 Oct. 2020 After several years of negotiation, both houses of Congress agreed to this revision and passed the Presidential Succession Act in 1947. Stephanie Newbold, The Conversation, "Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: What lies ahead could include a constitutional crisis over succession," 4 Oct. 2020 After a period of negotiation, these countries typically piece together a coalition to continue ruling. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "If Trump loses but won’t concede, how will the markets react?," 26 Sep. 2020 That June, after a few months of intense negotiation, the legislature unanimously passed the California Consumer Privacy Act. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future," 21 Sep. 2020 The city has also agreed to sweeping police reforms as part of the negotiation. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for September 16: Coronavirus, police, election, Mideast, nature," 16 Sep. 2020 So during the past few weeks, the 28-year-old receiver has spent lots of late nights studying the terminology of contracts and the art of negotiation. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Direct deposit: WR Hopkins negotiates own deal with Arizona," 8 Sep. 2020 After weeks of negotiation, with Cisneros lending a hand, the parties worked out a deal that requires VIA to wait four years before drawing on the sales tax. Bruce Selcraig,, "VIA throws in its lot with San Antonio on November sales tax vote," 13 Aug. 2020 There often is a lot of negotiation before buyers and sellers agree to terms. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Understand how the counteroffer works in real estate," 8 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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Negotiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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