Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Consideration of a subject by a group; an earnest conversation.
  • noun A formal discourse on a topic; an exposition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of breaking up or dispersing; dispersion, as of a swelling or an effusion.
  • noun Debate; disquisition; the agitation of a point or subject with a view to elicit truth or gain a cause; argument about something.
  • noun In civil law, the act of exhausting legal proceedings against a debtor or his property before proceeding against the property of a person secondarily liable for the debt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun archaic The act or process of discussing by breaking up, or dispersing, as a tumor, or the like.
  • noun The act of discussing or exchanging reasons; examination by argument; debate; disputation; agitation.
  • noun (Math.) the operation of assigning different reasonable values to the arbitrary quantities and interpreting the result.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Conversation or debate concerning a particular topic.
  • noun Text giving further detail on a subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  • noun an exchange of views on some topic

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French discussion.

Examples

  • The reason I engaged Abb1 in discussion, is that he is also engaged.

    Matthew Yglesias » Is Stimulus Impossible

  • Last time I checked, FORTY YEARS in discussion is a pretty long time, yea man, it really is, wipe that astonished look off your face.

    Nelson reviewing new abortion language

  • Thinking about the whole thing today it seems to me that much of the medical discussion is code for underlying social and moral beliefs.

    Pro Death Lobby

  • I did kind of allude to the whole Warboy thing in the title discussion?

    Review: Warchild by Karin Lowachee

  • Once you realize that a co-participant in discussion is not participating in good faith, but rather is promoting a particular agenda, you begin to anticipate the position of the ideologue before he speaks it.

    Balkinization

  • When the ideologue satisfies your prediction, dismissal may be an all too easy response, since engaging in discussion is likely to end only in both sides repeating their viewpoints ad infinitum.

    Balkinization

  • Managing the client relationship, while promoting discussion is high risk wire act. until the value in discussion can be quantified.

    The value of scoops vs. collaboration « BuzzMachine

  • Once you realize that a co-participant in discussion is not participating in good faith, but rather is promoting a particular agenda, you begin to anticipate the position of the ideologue before he speaks it.

    Balkinization

  • When the ideologue satisfies your prediction, dismissal may be an all too easy response, since engaging in discussion is likely to end only in both sides repeating their viewpoints ad infinitum.

    Balkinization

  • This general participation in discussion is unquestionably more in keeping with the independence and equality of states than was the previous procedure.

    Louis Renault - Nobel Lecture

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