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Synonyms

discussion

noun

a conversation about something, usually something important

debate

noun

a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject

argument

noun

a discussion or debate between people with different views, opinions, etc.

consultation

noun

discussion between people or groups before they make a decision

exploration

noun

a thorough examination or discussion of a subject, idea, etc.

talks

noun

discussions between important people from opposing sides designed to help them agree about an issue

negotiation

noun

formal discussions in which people or groups try to reach an agreement, especially in a business or political situation

commentary

noun

a discussion of something such as an event or theory

inquest

noun

a discussion about the reasons for a bad situation

exchange

noun

a situation in which people give each other information or discuss their ideas and opinions

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airing

noun

an occasion when people discuss a subject or idea

back-and-forth

noun

American a situation in which people give each other ideas, opinions, or information

brainstorm

noun

a brainstorming discussion

brainstorming

noun

a way of developing new ideas, through a discussion in which several people make lots of suggestions and the best ones are chosen

bull session

noun

Americaninformal a long friendly discussion, especially among a group of men

comment

noun

written or spoken discussion of something, especially on television, radio, or in a newspaper

confab

noun

informal an informal private discussion to decide something

debate

noun

a formal discussion that ends with a decision made by voting

deliberation

noun

long and careful thought or discussion

deliberations

noun

discussions in which a subject is considered carefully

dialog

an American spelling of dialogue

dialogue

noun

a process in which two people or groups have discussions in order to solve problems

discourse

noun

formal serious spoken or written discussion of a particular subject

discussion

noun

the process of talking about something that is important

gabfest

noun

informal a long informal discussion

heart-to-heart

noun

a very private conversation between two people, usually concerning their personal feelings

horse-trading

noun

mainly journalism difficult and sometimes dishonest discussions between people who are trying to reach an agreement

the negotiating table

noun

a time, place, or situation in which people discuss something in order to try to reach an agreement

palaver

noun

old-fashioned a long discussion between two different groups

parley

noun

old-fashioned a meeting, usually between enemies, to discuss an agreement

postmortem

noun

a discussion or examination to find out why an event happened, especially an event that produced bad results

pow-wow

noun

informal a meeting or discussion to make a decision

review

noun

American a discussion of a particular subject that prepares you for a test

talk

noun

conversations and discussions about what may happen

talk

noun

the activity of talking, especially when you think it does not achieve anything

talkfest

noun

informal an occasion when people talk a lot

talks

noun

a conversation with someone

tête-à-tête

noun

a private conversation between two people

toing and froing

noun

a lot of argument or discussion about a particular thing

transaction

noun

formalvery formal a discussion between two or more people at a meeting

word

noun

a short conversation or discussion, usually without other people listening

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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