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.

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 To avert a future shutdown, Congress will need to pass another short-term spending bill before Feb. 18 or pass a package of large appropriations bills that have been caught up in negotiation for months. Allison Pecorin And Justin Gomez, ABC News, 3 Dec. 2021 These are bedrock issues, issues that the players agreed to in the past, and issues that cannot be changed in one negotiation, if at all. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2021 The government was hoping that the new administration would perhaps be less anxious to withdraw forces, be more supportive in the negotiation. CBS News, 1 Dec. 2021 In an interview with Variety, Flay acknowledged that there were tense moments and a long pause in a tough negotiation. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Almost everything in the contract, including wage increases and health care coverage, has been agreed on, but pensions are still in negotiation. Mackenzie Brower, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 These are all skills that come in handy in a boardroom, on a team, or in any deal negotiation. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2021 Remember that in a negotiation people tend to mimic each other. Svetlana Whitener, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 There are just so many moving parts in this negotiation, so many key players who have concerns both big and small -- and so much uncertainty about what's going to happen. Brian Stelter, CNN, 22 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 8 Dec. 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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