discussion

If you're in an ongoing discussion with someone over, say, the best way to train a dog, that means you talk to each other over a long period of time, about all the aspects of dog training.

Discussion comes from the Latin for "examination by taking things apart," and when you're having a discussion with someone on a complicated topic, it's like you're taking it apart and trying to understand it. Usually in a discussion, people exchange ideas. If you say, "I adore bananas," and your friend says, "me too," that's hardly a discussion. But if your friend says, "bananas are disgusting," then you can get into a discussion about it.

Definitions of discussion
  1. noun
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    “the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic”
    synonyms: discourse, treatment
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    detail
    extended treatment of particulars
    dilation
    a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic
    consideration
    a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting)
    talk
    discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
    elaboration, enlargement, expansion
    a discussion that provides additional information
    expatiation
    a discussion (spoken or written) that enlarges on a topic or theme at length or in detail
    reconsideration
    a consideration of a topic (as in a meeting) with a view to changing an earlier decision
    embellishment, embroidery
    elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
    type of:
    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  2. noun
    an exchange of views on some topic
    “we had a good discussion
    synonyms: give-and-take, word
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    Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
    negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
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    argument, argumentation, debate
    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    deliberation
    (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
    panel discussion
    discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience
    post-mortem, postmortem
    discussion of an event after it has occurred
    public discussion, ventilation
    free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
    dialogue, negotiation, talks
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    logomachy
    argument about words or the meaning of words
    parley
    a negotiation between enemies
    bull session
    an informal discussion (usually among men)
    colloquy
    a conversation especially a formal one
    consultation
    a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question
    audience, consultation, interview
    a conference (usually with someone important)
    huddle, powwow
    (informal) a quick private conference
    news conference, press conference
    a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity
    pretrial, pretrial conference
    (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases
    round table, round-table conference, roundtable
    a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views
    session
    a meeting for execution of a group's functions
    teach-in
    an extended session (as on a college campus) for lectures and discussion on an important and usually controversial issue
    teleconference, teleconferencing
    a conference of people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television
    diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations
    negotiation between nations
    bargaining
    the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
    collective bargaining
    negotiation between an employer and trade union
    horse trading
    negotiation accompanied by mutual concessions and shrewd bargaining
    mediation
    a negotiation to resolve differences that is conducted by some impartial party
    type of:
    language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
    (language) communication by word of mouth
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