One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1also negotiationsDiscussion aimed at reaching an agreement.‘a worldwide ban is currently under negotiation’‘negotiations between unions and employers’
discussion, discussions, talks, consultation, consultations, parleying, deliberation, deliberations, conference, debate, dialogueworking out, discussing the terms of, arrangement, arranging, thrashing out, hammering out, brokeringView synonyms
- ‘Any improvement in performance will enable it to drive a harder bargain in takeover negotiations.’
- ‘The news is hardly likely to make ongoing negotiations between the board and WIPA any easier.’
- ‘Final figures are still subject to negotiations between museum chiefs and the Treasury.’
- ‘In human rights agreements, the end point of the negotiations is a common core of human rights to be respected.’
- ‘Now officials have warned that if negotiations reach stalemate today they will resort to legal action.’
- ‘It is a forum for negotiations between member governments, a majority of which are elected.’
- ‘It is not known whether they plan to extend the negotiations if no agreement is reached by then.’
- ‘It took five months of negotiations between the two parties to have the agreement in place.’
- ‘Despite five years of negotiations, both sides could not reach an agreement.’
- ‘Discussions and negotiations allow children to have some say in what happens to them.’
- ‘There is nothing to stop us, at the end of this round of negotiations, starting a discussion like that.’
- ‘There have been many criticisms of arms control and disarmament negotiations and agreements.’
- ‘Both bodies say they are bound by a non-disclosure agreement while negotiations continue.’
- ‘In the military impasse that ensued, negotiations between the two sides made little progress.’
- ‘All cars attest in some measure to potentially delicate negotiations between function and form.’
- ‘They became the peace between wars, held the negotiations between countries.’
- ‘The road map calls for negotiations between the two sides, leading to a two-state solution.’
- ‘The legal battle follows the collapse of negotiations between the two companies.’
- ‘As soon as strike action began, the trade unions began negotiations to end the dispute.’
- ‘In 18 hours of negotiations there was no discussion or mention of a figure for pay.’
2The action or process of transferring legal ownership of a document.
- ‘Transfer or negotiation is easiest where the bill is payable to bearer.’
- ‘The venture was not a success and the next year both parties embarked on a process of negotiation for the domains.’
- ‘This negotiation can entail a new contractual term with or without further contributions.’
- ‘A detailed review of the lease negotiation is necessary to determine this issue.’
Late 15th century (denoting an act of dealing with another person): from Latin negotiatio(n-), from the verb negotiari (see negotiate).
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