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 That should provide a starting ground for successful negotiation, not the end of the discussion. Arkansas Online, "Immigration reform is vital," 25 Apr. 2021 Biden has pledged that the scope of his bill and how to pay for it is up for negotiation. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Two sticking points likely to dominate Biden-GOP infrastructure meeting," 19 Apr. 2021 Said had pushed for negotiation with Israel and for a two-state solution long before Arafat accepted both, in 1988. Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker, "The Reorientations of Edward Said," 19 Apr. 2021 Iran’s negotiator told state TV that the talks had entered a new phase, adding that Iran had proposed draft agreements that could be a basis for negotiation., "Iran names suspect in Natanz attack, says he fled country," 17 Apr. 2021 This negotiation is high-stakes and, thanks to his policies, America holds a strong hand. Jared Kushner, WSJ, "Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast," 14 Mar. 2021 But that was a long time ago when negotiation was a thing. Amanda Walker, al, "Can we replace Congress with horses?," 20 Feb. 2021 Some negotiation will be in order if Biden wants to get anything done. Joe Garofoli,, "Here’s what Joe Biden wants to do as president, and what could stop him," 7 Nov. 2020 The soft close, sometimes referred to as a trial close, can be used during any point of the negotiation. Michael Ligon, Forbes, "Three Expert Closing Techniques To Close Any Real Estate Deal," 15 Apr. 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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The first known use of negotiation was in the 15th century

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4 May 2021

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“Negotiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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