from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of negotiating: successful negotiation of a contract; entered into labor negotiations.

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  • n. The process of achieving agreement through discussion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of negotiating; a treating with another respecting sale or purchase. etc.
  • n. Hence, mercantile business; trading.
  • n. The transaction of business between nations; the mutual intercourse of governments by diplomatic agents, in making treaties, composing difference, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Trading; mercantile business; trafficking.
  • n. Mutual discussion and arrangement of the terms of a transaction or agreement, whether directly or by agents or intermediaries; the act or process of treating with another or others in regard to the settlement of some matter, or for the purchase or sale of a commodity, etc.: as, the negotiation of a treaty or a loan.
  • n. In com., the act or procedure by which a bill of exchange, etc., is made negotiable—that is, made capable, by acceptance and indorsement, of being passed from hand to hand in payment of indebtedness, or of being transferred to another for a consideration. See negotiable.

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

  • n. the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming to terms
  • n. a discussion intended to produce an agreement


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From French négociation, from Latin negotiatio ("the carrying on of business, a wholesale business"), from negotiari ("to carry on business"); see negotiate.



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