Definition of negotiation in English:



  • 1Discussion aimed at reaching an agreement.

    ‘a worldwide ban is currently under negotiation’
    ‘negotiations between unions and employers’
    ‘negotiation of the deals’
    • ‘Both bodies say they are bound by a non-disclosure agreement while negotiations continue.’
    • ‘They became the peace between wars, held the negotiations between countries.’
    • ‘As soon as strike action began, the trade unions began negotiations to end the dispute.’
    • ‘There have been many criticisms of arms control and disarmament negotiations and agreements.’
    • ‘It took five months of negotiations between the two parties to have the agreement in place.’
    • ‘There is nothing to stop us, at the end of this round of negotiations, starting a discussion like that.’
    • ‘In 18 hours of negotiations there was no discussion or mention of a figure for pay.’
    • ‘It is not known whether they plan to extend the negotiations if no agreement is reached by then.’
    • ‘The road map calls for negotiations between the two sides, leading to a two-state solution.’
    • ‘In human rights agreements, the end point of the negotiations is a common core of human rights to be respected.’
    • ‘Final figures are still subject to negotiations between museum chiefs and the Treasury.’
    • ‘It is a forum for negotiations between member governments, a majority of which are elected.’
    • ‘All cars attest in some measure to potentially delicate negotiations between function and form.’
    • ‘Discussions and negotiations allow children to have some say in what happens to them.’
    • ‘The news is hardly likely to make ongoing negotiations between the board and WIPA any easier.’
    • ‘The legal battle follows the collapse of negotiations between the two companies.’
    • ‘Now officials have warned that if negotiations reach stalemate today they will resort to legal action.’
    • ‘Despite five years of negotiations, both sides could not reach an agreement.’
    • ‘In the military impasse that ensued, negotiations between the two sides made little progress.’
    • ‘Any improvement in performance will enable it to drive a harder bargain in takeover negotiations.’
    working out, discussing the terms of, arrangement, arranging, thrashing out, hammering out, brokering
    talks, parleying, conference, debate, dialogue
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    1. 1.1The action or process of transferring ownership of a document.
      • ‘This negotiation can entail a new contractual term with or without further contributions.’
      • ‘The venture was not a success and the next year both parties embarked on a process of negotiation for the domains.’
      • ‘A detailed review of the lease negotiation is necessary to determine this issue.’
      • ‘Transfer or negotiation is easiest where the bill is payable to bearer.’


Late 15th century (denoting an act of dealing with another person): from Latin negotiatio(n-), from the verb negotiari (see negotiate).