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discussion Line breaks: dis|cus¦sion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskʌʃ(ə)n/

Definition of discussion in English:


[mass noun]
1The action or process of talking about something in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas: the committee acts as a forum for discussion the EC directive is currently under discussion
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  • Theatre does matter: it is a forum for ideas and discussion within a community.
  • He said the idea of a single site school had been under discussion for four to five years.
  • Even as these protests reached Berlin, a fifth solution was under discussion there.
1.1 [count noun] A conversation or debate about a specific topic: discussions about environmental improvement
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  • It has had articles written about it, and generated much heat in discussions and debate.
  • Others were in constant discussions and debates in the campsites or in the refreshment areas.
  • The rally kicked off a week of lively, exciting political debates and discussions.
conversation, talk, dialogue, discourse, conference, debate, exchange of views, consultation, deliberation;
seminar, symposium;
argument, dispute;
Indian adda;
New Zealand korero
informal confab, chit-chat, rap
North American informal skull session, bull session
Australian informal convo
rare palaver, colloquy, converse, interlocution
1.2 [count noun] A detailed treatment of a topic in speech or writing: see Appendix One, for a more detailed discussion
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  • Although a detailed discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this paper, a few salient facts may be noted.
  • A jury was sworn in for a re-trial but discharged following detailed legal discussions.
  • The provisions cover a wide range, and it is beyond the scope of this work to provide a detailed discussion of them all.


Middle English (denoting judicial examination): via Old French from late Latin discussio(n-), from discutere 'investigate' (see discuss).

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